There are 16 statutory holidays in Japan. If the holiday falls on Sunday, the most recent weekday (mostly Monday) after that will be a holiday. Japanese holidays are most concentrated in the week from the end of April to the beginning of May. This week is called "Golden Week". In addition, there are many days off from mid September to late September for a week. This week is called "Silver Week". Please note that during these periods tourist destinations around the country will get crowded with the period of summer vacation from the end of July to the end of August. .
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- 1 New Year's day : January 1
- 2 Coming of Age Day : the second Monday of January
- 3 National Foudation day : February 11
- 4 Vernal Equinox Day : around March 21
- 5 Showa Day : April 29
- 6 Constitution Memorial Day : May 3
- 7 Greenery Day : May 4
- 8 Children's Day : May 5
- 9 Marine Day : the third Monday of July
- 10 Mountain Day : August 11
- 11 Respect for the Aged Day : the third Monday of September
- 12 Autumnal Equinox Day : around September 23
- 13 Sports Day : the second Monday of October
- 14 Culture Day : November 3
- 15 Labor Thanksgiving Day : November 23
- 16 Emperor's Day : December 23
New Year's day : January 1
New Year is the most important holiday for Japanese people. Many Japanese will take leave from December 29th and spend the day with family and relatives on New Year's Day. People visit shrines or temples to go to pray so that the new year will be a good year.
Coming of Age Day : the second Monday of January
On this day, the Japanese celebrate those who are 20 years old. Many municipalities have a celebration for them. Young people wear Kimono or Suit and participate in the celebration.
National Foudation day : February 11
It is a day to celebrate the foundation of Japan. According to an old legend, Emperor Jinmu of the first emperor throne to this day.
Vernal Equinox Day : around March 21
On this day, the lengths of the day and night are almost equal. Japanese people often visit the graves of their ancestors at this time.
Showa Day : April 29
Shōwa Day is a Japanese annual holiday.
Constitution Memorial Day : May 3
On this day of 1947, the present Japanese constitution that values peace is enacted.
Greenery Day : May 4
"Greenery Day" is a relatively recently enacted holiday. It was enacted to try to rest on May 4th between "Constitution Day" and "Children's Day".
Children's Day : May 5
Children 's Day was enacted in hopes of children' s healthy growth. In families with boys, people pray for the growth of boys, setting up a kind of flag called "Koinobori" in the garden. "Koinobori" came to be raised from the legend that the carp cheerfully climbs the waterfall and becomes a dragon. From "Showa Day" to "Children's Day" is called "Golden Week" in Japan. Climate is also good, so many Japanese go out for pleasure.
Marine Day : the third Monday of July
This "marine day" was also recently enacted. Until then there was no holiday in July. This holiday was enacted so that Japanese people who are overworked can refresh properly in July.
Mountain Day : August 11
In Japan, from August 13th to 15th is called "Obon". During this period, many Japanese will return home and spend time with their families and relatives. "Mountain Day" is a relatively recently enacted holiday, aiming to rest even before "Obon."
Respect for the Aged Day : the third Monday of September
On this day, Japanese give gifts or make phone calls to old parents and grandparents.
Autumnal Equinox Day : around September 23
On this day, the lengths of the day and night are almost equal. From the Respect for the Aged Day to the Autumnal Equinox Day, there are many days to rest. So, in Japan it is increasingly called' Silver Week. In this period, there are many Japanese who visit the grave of their ancestors.
Sports Day : the second Monday of October
It is a holiday enacted in commemoration of the Tokyo Olympics held in 1964. From this time on, the weather in Japan is very good.
Culture Day : November 3
It was enacted in commemoration of the fact that the Japanese Constitution was promulgated on November 3, 1946.
Labor Thanksgiving Day : November 23
In Japan, an agricultural state, ceremonies were held to appreciate God for harvest at this time from ancient times. Before the war there was a holiday named after this traditional ceremony. Labor Thanksgiving Day was enacted taking over this holiday.
Emperor's Day : December 23
It is the current Emperor 's birthday.
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