Chichi no hi (Father's Day) - The third Sunday in June

What's the meaning of this event?
Father's Day in Japan is almost the same as that in the United States. The third Sunday in June is a day to respect and thank fathers.

What's the history of this event?
In 1910, Mrs. Bruce in Washington state in the United States started this idea of respecting and thanking fathers. Around 1934, Father's Day was set on the third Sunday in June, and became a common annual event in the United States. It was gradually introduced to Japan in around 1950.

Are there objects associated with this event?
Unlike Mother's Day, there are no common gifts given to fathers, such as red carnations, in Japan. People usually send ties, wallets, shirts, or lighters to their fathers.

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