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What is Your Favorite Movie?
By Arisa Yanagishita


      Do you like movies?

      I like movies but actually I haven’t watched that many. When deciding the drama title for project work class, I always regretted it. This is because I had a hard time choosing a title that I recommend.  So now, I’m trying to watch movies on a routine basis.
 
I watched these 25 movies since this year started:

God of Carnage, The Apartment, The Grand Budapest Hotel, A Christmas Carol, The Notebook, Life is Beautiful, A Beautiful Mind, 笑いの大学, The Gentle Twelve,Zootopia, Spotlight, Brooklyn, The Intern, Truman Show, Tokyo Godfathers, 3 Idiots, Stand by Me, La La Land, Sing, Coming to America, Back to the Future, Beauty & The Beast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lars and the Real Girl, and Whiplash.
 
    My favorite movie is Les Miserables, which is based on a French historical novel by Victor Hugo. After all, the actors are so wonderful. I’d never seen a movie in which the actors expose such emotion. I watched it for the first time in a theater in 2013.  At that time, I was on the bottom of the life. Thanks to this movie, I recognized I was not in an unfortunate environment. It encouraged me.
 
    The second time was last year. It was after I performed “Inside Out” at the Forward Festival.
I felt totally different. I thought I wanted to be on a screen because I wanted to feel the same as actors. They must have been so satisfied and felt a big connection with others.
 
    Recently my favorite movie is La La Land. First of all, I’ve liked Ryan Gosling since I watched the movie, The Notebook. His piano playing, songs, and behavior raised my energy level. I was very inspired by their songs and decided to buy an electronic piano before I lose interest.   
    Actually, when I was a child, I didn’t like to play the piano. Even though I learned the piano for about four years, I can’t play the piano now. I forgot everything, even how to read the musical score. And then I thought the reason why I hate the piano is that I haven’t played my favorite songs! If I practice my favorite songs, I will no longer have a hard time! I might be able to play the piano like Ryan Gosling’s character! Anyway, I like Ryan Gosling with a white shirt. It is invulnerable.
 
I had the chance to interview a teacher and a student, and asked these three questions:

①    What is your favorite movie?
②    Why do you like it?
③    How has the movie changed you?
 
Yasujiro

①    The Sting
②    Music, costumes and the story is good.
③    The movie stimulated his music sense and he came to like music more. If he had never watched this movie, we would have never enjoyed his performance at Eri’s bar.
 
Taku Enomoto

①    3 Idiots
②    Music is good. Indian movies are like musicals but 3 Idiots is a good balance.
③    He recommended this for a drama title and performed 3 Idiots at the Forward Festival!
 
       Do you know the history of movies? It goes back to 1895.The Lumière brothers stitched multiple images together, and screened them in Paris.Since then, movies have impressed people, and even inspired some people to raise social revolutions. However, the first person who recognized the influential power of movies was Nati. Nati censored movies and excluded Jewish people, and made films about Hitler which described him as a great man.
 
       On the other hand, Chaplin made films for peace.
He made the ironic film, “Dictator”, in which he played Hitler. He had been threatened, but “Dictator” was a great success. Chaplin kept sending messages for peace and the mechanized civilization.
 
       As you see, movies can be used in a bad way.However, they can move people and inspire them to change the world.

Chinese Regional Cuisines        
By Yumiko Yasu 

     Do you like Chinese food? I do. Chinese Cuisine is one of the three grand cuisines of the world. However China is quite a big country, so it is difficult to describe what Chinese cuisine is. China is divided into several regions, each with their own style of cuisine. There is a famous saying about Chinese cuisine, "Sweet in the south, salty in the north, hot in the east and sour in the west (南甜北咸、东辣西酸)". It means each region has its own taste.  These styles are distinct due to factors such as climate, geography, culture, history, cooking techniques, and lifestyles.
 
    There are many ways to classify Chinese cuisine. In Japan, we categorize Chinese food into four groups: Beijing, Sichuan, Shanghai, and Cantonese cuisine.  In China, food is classified into eight groups: Guangdong(Cantonese), Shandong, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Fujian, Hunan, Anhui, and Zhejiang cuisine.


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 Let's introduce these eight Chinese regional cuisines: 
 
1. Guangdong (Cantonese) Cuisine - 広東料理
    This is the most widely served type of Chinese cuisine in the world, because many immigrants from Guangdong opened restaurants overseas.  As a southern coastal province, Guangdong is known for its use of fresh ingredients. And this cuisine is also said to use all kinds of ingredients such as dogs, cats, snakes, frogs and so on. There is a saying, "They eat everything with four legs except tables, and everything that flies except airplanes." It might be true.  Guangdong cuisine tends to use a lot of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and sweet and sour sauce.  Dim Sum, small sized portion of food served in steamed baskets is also included.

2. Shandong cuisine - 山東料理
    It has a long history. Shandong was one of the first civilized regions in China. It is said that Imperial food is derived from Shandong Cuisine. This cuisine has a variety of seafood and fresh vegetables. The featured cooking technique involves extreme heat stir-frying.

3. Jiangsu cuisine - 江蘇料理
    Known as "a land of fish and rice" in China. Thanks to the nearby river and sea, there is a wide selection of fresh and aquatic ingredients. Other ingredients are seasonal vegetables. Shanghai cuisine has roots in this cuisine.  The taste is fresh, light and mellow. Since this province has a high average income, the food is gourmet style. We can also enjoy the elegant and beautiful appearance of their dishes.

4. Sichuan cuisine - 四川料理
    Sichuan is located in inner China where the climate is cold in winter and hot and humid in 
summer. Hot peppers promote people's appetites in summer and keep them warm in winter.
It's known widely for its extreme spiciness. The unique spice called Sichuan pepper is important to make Sichuan food. Tasting these tiny aromatic plant fruits, you will have a tongue tingling and numbing sensation. It uses very little soy sauce.Notable dishes of this region include Ma Po Tofu, and Sichuan Hot Pot. 

5. Fujian cuisine - 福建料理
    Fujian Province, known as the land of Oolong tea, is located southeast of mainland China. It is so close to Taiwan that Fujian cuisine includes Taiwanese food.  Fujian cuisine emphasizes mountain and seafood delicacies. The taste is slightly sour and sweet, and less salty than other Chinese cuisine.  Almost every dish is served with soup. There is an old saying, "It is unaccectable for a meal to not have soup (不汤不行)"

6. Hunan cuisine - 湖南料理
    There is a saying "Sichuan people don't fear hot food, Hunan people don't fear any degree of spiciness at all, Guizhou people fear to eat food that isn't spicy. (四川人不怕辣,湖南人辣不怕,贵州人怕不辣!)" Thus Hunan cuisine might be the hottest food in China.  The flavor is usually hot, sour, and salty. Dishes contain a lot of soy sauce and vinegar. Vinegar lowers your blood pressure, so it is good for people with high blood pressure.  Suan La Tang, a popular dish in Japan, is included in Hunan cuisine.

7. Anhui cuisine - 安徽料理
    There are few chances to eat Anhui cuisine in Japan. Anhui province is the tourist area of Huangshan, famous for its Yellow mountains. This area does not touch the sea, so they use wild mountain and lake ingredients such as frogs, soft-shelled turtles, mushrooms and bamboo shoots. Generally, the taste is salty, heavy, and greasy.  Based on the idea "Food is medicine", they pay attention to the season, weather, and balance. The wild herbs are used for both aroma and medical effect.

8. Zhejiang cuisine - 浙江料理 
    Zhejian is an eastern costal province. They have many famous fish and shrimp dishes because of their rich water resources. Zhejiang cuisine has a light and soft flavor. Stinky Tofu, a kind of fermented tofu with an extraordinay odor, is one of their popular foods. When you go to markets, believe it or not, you will smell it.

     As you can see, there are more than just four types of Chinese cuisine. Which type of Chinese food do you prefer?  Next time, try regional food depending on your health condition or preferences. 


Let's Go To A Sento
By Yumiko Yasu
 
  We Japanese people like taking a bath. Even in summer, we take baths. 
 
     When Buddhism arrived in Japan in the 6th century, a person working at a temple was needed to clean their body as ablution. It was said it was the start of taking baths. In the Edo period, public baths were opened and getting popular among citizens. They were originally made for people who didn't have a bath at home. There are still many public baths, which are called Sento in Japan. We still have about 700 facilities in Tokyo.

     Japanese people think taking baths is not only for hygiene but also for culture.  It is common for children to bathe with their parents at home. Moreover, most Japanese people get naked at an Onsen. In other countries, they don't take baths with other people, even their children. If they go to an Onsen, they need to wear swimsuits. Each country has a different bath culture.
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  We learn manners and communication in public baths. There is a chance to see people of different ages. We can talk with them and care for them. When there is a crowd, you should give space to others. We need to behave and not disturb anyone. Consideration of others is important. For example, as we share a big bathtub, we should rinse our bodies with a shower or a washbowl before entering the bathtub. Before getting back to the changing room, you need to dry off your body. Otherwise, you will make puddles on the floor.

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   Because most Japanese people live in places equipped with baths these days, the number of public baths is decreasing in Japan. But some public bathhouse owners are devising new ways to stay in business.  Some public bathhouses have only normal baths, while others have open-air baths, jet baths, and high quality hot springs. It costs only 460 yen in Tokyo.  
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  As you know, soaking in hot water has health benefits, such as: improving our blood circulation, helping us fall asleep, and reducing daily anxiety.  

  There are even some bathhouse events in Tokyo. Sento support an Japanese herbal bath tradition. They put Iris into the bathtub on May 5th and Citron on December 22nd. Some Sento give us a stamp card, and after collecting enough stamps you can get a gift. Others offer galleries in the Sento.  And if you like jogging, you can take a bath after jogging. Some Sento hold your stuff while you are jogging. They are welcoming to runners.
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  Let's try to enjoy Japanese bath culture and feel relaxed in the huge bathtub.

Five Great Coffee Shops near FORWARD

(Not including Starbucks)

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By Kaori Fujita Kato

 

     If you have some free time around Forward, you might want to stop somewhere for a cup of coffee.  Starbucks recently became the most popular coffee shop in Japan (there are three stores near Omotesando Station), but there are certainly some better coffee shops In Aoyama. Here are my recommendations for coffee shops near Forward:

 

 

Blenz

If you like canadian coffee, you'd better to try the coffee at Blenz.   Blenz is from Vancouver, Canada, and they even sell maple biscuits.   You have many seating options, including sofas, large tables for big parties,  and single seats for  Working at. On weekends, you can join the "Latte art workshop".

 

Komeda coffee

Komeda coffee has just opened in Miyamasu-zaka.
One item on the menu, ogura toast, is an especially well-known morning treat. Recently, it became so popular that many stores began selling ogura- Another plus, Komeda
has plenty of power outlets, making it convienent for customers who need to use laptops. 

 

Sanjikken

They have a coffee bean menu with plenty of choices and they are always happy to recommend you something. The quiet atmosphere, the hand-made scones, and the great taste Of coffee add up to a great cafe experience.  

 

Cobi Coffee

 A long Kotto street is Cobi, a coffee shop within a clothing boutique.They serve handmade coffee with a focus on the preparation. Cobi's seating arrangement is modeled after a Japanese tea room, or chashitsu. And they offer a seasonal wagashi with a cup of Coffee if you like.

 

Coutume

Coutume is a modern Paris cafe at the corner of the 5 over chome crosspoint. If it's sunny, you can spend your time outside on the terrace with a croissant, or you can take your beverage and sandwiches to go. 

 

    If you know any other good choices for coffee shops near Forward, please share them. 

 


 

My Favorite English Quotes 

By Shoko Sato

 

      English is fun to learn. I need it to express myself even as a native in Japan and YOU will know what I mean if you keep studying English at Forward.

 

      Have you ever read something in English that can't be translated into Japanese well because it just doesn't have the exact matching words?  How about the opposite situation? What if you tried to say “Natsukashii” in English? There is no exact English word for this. “Nostalgic” might be the closest word but it is the literal translation and we don't usually use it. Especially when I read English quotes, this happens all the time. You can’t translate them to Japanese and that's why it’s so much fun when you start to understand English without translating. 

 

     I’ve read many phrases that I didn’t understand, but if you translate them into Japanese, they don’t sound as strong as they sound in English. I feel translation will lose or change the message of the original contents.  Some of my favorite English phrases help me deal with tough situations and find the optimistic point of view in a negative situation. They all somehow made me change my way of thinking and how I see things. If I hadn't been able to understand English, I wouldn't have learned those English quotes. 

 

     When I came back to Japan after finishing my grad program in the US, I was asked what I learned most overseas. I wanted to say, "I learned how to dance in the rain." This is a part of the quote by Vivian Greene, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…Its about learning to dance in the rain.”  But, I couldn't explain it in Japanese well. Can you imagine if I simply translated this to Japanese, people would think I lost my mind or left my brain in the States.  Also it would be too boring if I explained the meaning in Japanese. 

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      This quote is not telling you to go outside when it's raining and dance… of course not. It is telling you that life is not about waiting for good things to happen, avoiding problems, or letting the time pass. Life is about living with and even enjoying the difficulty (“storm”) of life. 

  

     Another one of my favorite English phrases is, “When life gives you lemons, grab salt and tequila!” This is a variation on the original phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Again, you can’t really translate this to Japanese. This phrase is telling you that all we need is to accept the fact and change our attitude toward the problem. I think it will change your mindset and keep you energized. 

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     Those quotes and phrases are related to the culture and society of native English speakers. I enjoyed learning and finding the differences between Japan and America while I was living in the States. My life once threw lemons at me. A big storm hit me before, but here I am still smiling and ready for more. 

 

     I can’t imagine my life without English. It is not just a language for me. It's an important part of my life.   It made it possible for me to meet new people who have totally different backgrounds. They will make you think about things that you had never thought about before.  It often helps to put your thoughts in perspective.  All of these things will make you learn to respect different ways of thinking instead of molding yourself or other people into something not fitting.  English is making my life richer by exposing me to the world that I never thought existed. 

 

     I hope to introduce more of my other favorite English phrases and quotes in the future. 

 

 

 

The Secret under the

Tokyu Department Store


By Aya Tatsumi

  Have you ever been to the DEPACHIKA of the Tokyu department store at Shibuya station? There are nice food related shops for you to enjoy. DEPACHIKA means the basement of a department store, but it used to be on the first floor until a few years ago. Why?


   I have been wondering about it so I started researching and found two interesting matters:

Firstly, there is a river under the department store and it flows from around the Shibuya police office to around Kiddy Land. The river is called Shibuya river and it flows under Cat street now and is currently used as a sewage line.


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 The second one is about a song. You might have learned the song, “Spring brook” (Haru no ogawa) in elementary school. Shibuya river is the model for “Spring brook”. Can you imagine? The image of the brook is beautiful, with lilies and bright but the current Shibuya river contains sewage. This song was written in 1912, when Shibuya River was not underground and flowed with beautiful flowers.


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The Shibuya redevelopment project is ongoing now and this project will make Shibuya river into an oasis. You can enjoy the “Spring brook” in Shibuya in the near future.


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                Future plans for a visible Shibuya River.


The Most Popular Names in the World   

                                

                                   By Aki Yoshi


    Do you know how many Last names there are in Japan?

There are three hundred thousand unique last names.

The United States has a million and a half. This is because it is a country of emigrants.

   

Most common Last names in Japan & U.S.

Japan: 1. Sato  2. Suzuki 3. Takahashi 4. Tanaka  5. Watanabe

   U.S: 1. Smith  2. Johnson  3. Williams  4. Jones 5. Brown


How about First names?

According to research, these are you most popular names for babies in 2015.


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Japan : (Boys) 1. Haruto  2. Riku  3. Haru  4. Hinata  5. Kaito

(Girls)  1. Hana   2. Himari  3. Akari  4. Ichika  5. Sara

    U.S : (Boys) 1. Noah  2. Lima  3. William  4. Mason  5. James

      (Girls)  1. Emma  2. Olivia  3. Ava  4. Sophia  5. Isabella


   The trend of first names has been changing in Japan. In 2015, this year marks the growing trend of kira-kira names or "sparkly twinkle names." This involves naming your child using the phonetic sounds of kanji and disregarding its meaning. This allows for bending Kanji into Western or unique character names. For example, 光宙 literally means "light" and "space." However, for one parent, it reads... Pikachu. Someone did name their child Pikachu.

   On the other hand, American parents are more conservative. They often quote from the Bible or history to name their son or daughter.

For example, the most popular boy’s name in U.S, Noah, is derived from the Hebrew name meaning “rest, comfort”. Noah was the builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and animals of each species to survive the great Flood. After the Flood he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from God. He was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. The fifth most popular girl’s name, Isabella, was used by many medieval royals, including queen consorts of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary, as well as the powerful ruling queen of Castile.



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   Have you thought about the origin of your name?  Your name is the first gift you receive from your parents. They chose it while praying for your happiness.  When we think about our names, let’s notice the love of our parents.


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Are There Geniuses Or Not?  By Aki Yoshi

    Do you believe in the existence of geniuses? I did until I heard this quote, “A genius is limited, the effort is infinite”.

 

   When I was a college student, one of my seniors, a marathon runner, said to me, “Some people call me a genius runner, but I think genius is something you can’t measure. Instead I am never a genius, I am only a genius at making an effort.” I was so surprised because I truly believed that he was a real genius runner.

 

    His name is Toshihiko Seko.

       

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    It reminded me of Einstein’s quote, as well. “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Whenever we meet a person who accomplished great things, we are apt to say that he or she must be a genius. However, I think that it is not correct. It is just an excuse to convince ourselves of their greatness. All the people who are called geniuses have an ability to make an effort. They might not actually have talent.

 

    Recently, I read a book named GRIT, which was written by Angela Duckworth, an American psychologist and popular science author.

G.R.I.T. is defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals. It stands for: Guts, Resilience, Initiative, and Tenacity.

    Here are excerpts from professional reviews of the book (Amazon):

 

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial, such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments. Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. She created her own "character lab" and set out to test her theory. Finally, she shares what she's learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down and how that —not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

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    This book inspired me. She described that talent and success are usually either unrelated or even inversely related. The key to success is setting a goal and pacing ourselves. It isn’t based on social intelligence, good looks, physical health, or IQ. She said GRIT is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

 

    Now I am studying English. Some people may say to themselves, “I am too old to study English”, but I don’t think so. It is not necessary to be a genius to accomplish great things. In other words, everybody has a chance to achieve our dreams regardless of age, gender and so on. “Don’t give up. Just keep practicing.”

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              By Chiemi Kato

 

    As you may know, the Hermitage Museum of Russia came to Tokyo at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, and will be open until June 18th.

Do you know much about the Hermitage itself? I have always thought that Russia has been and still is an important and worldly influential country, but we aren’t taught much about its history. The Hermitage Museum not only has paintings by da Vinci, but is also a historically significant place. Here are some important historical events that relate to the Hermitage Museum:

1)     Catherine the Great

The history of Hermitage started with Catherine II (so-called Catherine the Great) collecting paintings from Germany in 1764. Catherine was among Russia’s most powerful and popular rulers, although she came from Germany for her marriage to be part of the Russian imperial family. She was much more popular than her husband, Emperor Peter III (grandson of Peter the Great). Peter III was arrested and then assassinated when Catherine carried out her successful coup d'état. She was the longest-ruling female in Russia.

The main building of the Hermitage is the Winter Palace that Catherine II made, which was an official residence of the Russian monarchs until 1917.

2)     Alexander II and the terrorists

The Hermitage Museum has been open to civilians since 1863, when Alexander II was reigning over the country. In 1881, Alexander II was assassinated by terrorists, who rushed into an early revolution. Alexander II is famous for his releasing of farmers from indentured servitude, called the Emancipation Manifesto. This release felt, in fact, unfair for farmers, and caused him to be attacked by the terrorists. He was injured and sent to the Winter Palace, where he later passed away. Around this time, the people were not yet ready for the revolution, that great excitement came a little later.  

3) The Russian revolution

     The notorious memory of the Russian revolution starts with the Bloody Sunday in 1905. Unarmed civilians led by Father Georgy Gapon marched towards the Winter Palace, with respect and admiration for Nicolas II. They were to present a petition for the improvement of their poor lives. This marching frightened Nicolas II and he ordered soldiers to fire at the harmless civilians. The snow-covered, white land in front of the Winter Palace was turned red by their blood.

    

      After the incident, the trust of the Emperor was lost. The flames of the revolution became bigger and bigger. The revolution of 1917 caused Nicolas II and his family to leave the Winter Palace, and eventually led to the rise of the Soviet Union.The 300-year history of the House of Romanov ended with their death in the following year. And now, the Winter Palace is open to us visitors.

     2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. It was fascinating to research how passionate the revolutionists were for their country. Although I am quite opposed to the socialism, the Russian revolution reminds me that we are living in a world that is the result of the historical people who risked their lives for freedom.  

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Mother’s Day
  by Aki Yoshi

     Did you celebrate Mother’s Day?  I gave my mother a little gift to show my thankfulness. Mother's Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries throughout the world. On this day, many people pray in churches in honor of mothers, while some give them presents to express their love. Some may have dinner at home with their family.One of the most popular ways people celebrate Mother's Day is by giving their mother a card and a bouquet of flowers. It is common to give carnations in Japan.

         

The History of Mother’s Day

     Anna Jarvis is recognised as the Founder of Mother’s Day in the US. Though Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is still known as the Mother of Mother’s Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers. Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mother’s Day from her own mother, Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves-Jarvis, in her childhood. An activist and social worker, Mrs Jarvis used to express her desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. A loving daughter, Anna never forgot her mother’s words and when her mother died in 1905, she resolved to fulfill her desire of having a day for mothers.

 

     In the beginning, Anna sent Carnations to the church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother. Carnations were her mother’s favorite flower and Anna felt that they symbolised a mothers pure love. By 1911, Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. 

      At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.  

     In fact, Mother’s Day in many countries has little or nothing to do with Anna Jarvis’ creation, nor does it always occur in May. Here are just a few examples of other Mother’s Day celebrations from around the world:

Thailand: August 12                                                                                                  
Her Majesty Sirikit, the Queen of Thailand, is also considered the mother of all her Thai subjects. In light of her royal maternal status, the Thai government made her birthday, August 12, Thailand’s official Mother’s Day in the 1970s. It remains a national holiday, celebrated countrywide with fireworks and candle-lighting. In related holidays, Father’s Day in Thailand falls on the current King’s birthday, December 5.                                                           

Indonesia: December 22                                                                                        
Made official in 1953 by its president, Indonesia's Mother’s Day falls on the anniversary of the First Indonesian Women’s Congress (1928). The holiday was created to celebrate the contributions of women to Indonesian society             

Middle East: March 21   
                           
     
Egyptian journalist Mustafa Amin introduced the idea of a Mother’s Day to his home country. Inspired by a story of a thankless widow ignored by an ungrateful son, Amin and his brother Ali successfully proposed a day in Egypt to honor all mothers. They decided the first day of spring, March 21, was most appropriate to celebrate the ultimate givers of life. It was first celebrated in Egypt in 1956.

   A Mother is the special woman who performed the miracle of birth. She gave us true love without requiring anything in return. If you are a person who is not good at showing thankfulness to your mother like me, Mother’s Day is a good opportunity to express your gratitude to your mother in a meaningful way.


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