One of the many things I love about Japan is the appreciation of all four seasons. Whether its non-stop rain before the hot and humid summer sets in or the summer moon gazing that follows it, there are customary traditions for all seasons. And they’re not just about appreciating Spring, Summer Fall and Winter. It’s a celebration of the passage of time, and of life in general.

Putting these traditions to beautifully simple animations is Naoko Hara, a NY-based motion and graphics designer. “Seasons” begins right now in March with Hinamatsuri, or Girl’s Day. It’s a great way to learn the different traditions and take in some of the visual imagery associated with them.