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Work Year
  1. Beginning of Work Day
  2. Business Year and Transfer Season
  3. Cherry Blossom Viewing Parties
  4. May Day (May 1)
  5. May Sickness
  6. General Shareholders Meeting
  7. Obon Holidays and Homecoming Rush
  8. Recreational Trips
  9. Year-End Party
  10. End of Work Day
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Cherry Blossom Viewing Parties
From late March to April, pale pink cherry blossoms bloom in many places throughout the Japanese archipelago. The cherry blossoms mark the change from a cold winter to a warm spring. Many people love cherry blossoms and consider them a symbol of Japanese culture. Many people in Japan enjoy viewing cherry blossoms and having a picnic under blooming cherry trees at this time of a year. These picnics are called “cherry blossom viewing” or ohanami. There are many cherry blossom-viewing spots throughout the country—in cities, mountains and forests. In the cherry blossom-viewing spots in the cities, friends, families and coworkers colleagues enjoy cherry blossom viewing together. For many workplaces, ohanami is a semi-official event in spring. Many corporate managers believe this sort of event develops a sense of team sprit among employees, and allow employees to enjoy ohanami together. Indeed, some offices may even ask new employees to save a prime location for ohanami, even during working hours. Other employees then come after work, and all enjoy picnicking together under the cherry blossoms until late in the evening
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