The meaning of haru (春) in Japanese and how to use it

This article will give you all of the knowledge you need on the Japanese word haru, including its Japanese definition and translation, example sentences, and more!

What does haru mean?

Haru (春、はる)is a noun that means spring (the season) or springtime in Japanese. The springtime, especially the month of April, has a special significance in Japanese culture. It is effectively the beginning of the new year both at school and in business. The famed hanami flower-viewing events also take place at this time of the year.

Note that haru can also be a verb, taking on the meaning of to stick on/glue on (written as 貼る)or alternatively to stretch (written as 張る). In today’s article though, we will focus on its main meaning – spring.

Haru = Spring

Haru means spring or springtime in Japanese

The Japanese noun haru is the word for spring in the literal sense. It can also take on a more figurative meaning, which we will discuss later

Let’s look at some examples of how haru is actually used.

To make it easier for you, I have written each sentence in full Japanese kanji in the first line, followed by roman letters (romaji), and hiragana, with the English meaning coming last.

Watashi wa haru ni naru to kafunsho ga hidoku naru.
My hay fever gets really bad in the spring.

Haru ga ichiban suki na kisetsu desu.
Spring is my favorite season.

Nihon no haru wa samui tenki mo areba, atsui tenki mo aru.
Springtime weather in Japan can be hot or cold.

Nihon no haru to ieba ohanami da yo ne!
Spring in Japan is all about hanami, isn’t it?

Haru: The springtime of life

Haru can also refer to one’s youth (i.e. the springtime of life) or the peak of a certain experience. This is a more formal or literary usage, but it is worth knowing about as it speaks to the Japanese mentality of spring representing a special time, which is nonetheless fleeting in nature.

Jinsei no haru wa jyudai to ittemo kagon de wa nai deshou.
It would not be an exaggeration to call the teenage years the springtime of one’s life.