Culture Point 13: May Disease

It’s been quite a while since last post. Busy, tiring, and insanely fast days have been passing. And what better timing to introduce to you this subject.

So, we are in May. And talking about May. May Disease.


May Disease (五月病, go gatsu byou) is a common kind of minor depression in Japan. 


Students start a new year, enter new schools or universities in April. Most new company employees also start in April each year.

Then, in the beginning of May, there is the Golden Week, a succession of national holidays.

After the holiday, people return to their new school or job, and it is not new or exciting anymore. 

May Disease describes this common feeling of disappointment or being let down. Can’t really explain it, but it really happens =_=


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