|This time of year is somewhat tied to the Sakura blossoms|
(cherry blossoms), the symbolic beginning of spring in Japan.
That doesn't mean the sakura bloom on this day, but in Tokyo
they are often blooming about this time (not this year, though).
This means that this is the time of year that students start school, change schools, start university, and are looking for jobs. Companies transfer their employees at this time of year. Churches hold AGMs, finish programmes, and begin new ones.
Because most of our lives are bound up with an American-style school, it doesn't affect our family very much. Our end of school year is still two months away.
Are there any other countries in the world that start their "functional" year in April, at the beginning of spring? I've got no idea. Maybe you do.