Day: December 1, 2017

Japanese News: 「九十歳。何がめでたい」

I have found an interesting article this morning. Published on Asahi, the article’s title is 年間ベストセラー発表 1位は「九十歳。何がめでたい」. Link to the article The title would not have caught my attention if I hadn’t read recently an article about the “アラハン” (around hundred) phenomenon in Japan. I read about this in the magazine 일본어 저널, which is a Korean monthly magazine to learn Japanese (see my review here). I find it to be a very interesting topic, so I will first write about アラハン and then move to the Asahi article. アラハン Source: 일본어 저널, 2017 November, p.74-75. The term アラハン comes from “around hundred”. Recently, many women around 100 have published books where they look back on their lives and transmit something to younger generations, especially women who could be their daughters and grand-daughters. Even if they lived at a time when women didn’t work, these women all pursue diverse activities, among which, writing books. It seems that these books’ main readers are women in their 40’s or 50’s. The article says that they want to learn …