Have you ever wondered why there are so many national holidays in Japan? Here is a list of national holidays in 2018.
|1-Jan||Monday||New Year’s Day|
|8-Jan||Monday||Coming of Age Day|
|11-Feb||Sunday||National Foundation Day|
|12-Feb||Monday||National Foundation Day observed|
|30-Apr||Monday||Showa Day observed|
|3-May||Thursday||Constitution Memorial Day|
|17-Sep||Monday||Respect for the Aged Day|
|24-Sep||Monday||Autumn Equinox observed|
|23-Nov||Friday||Labor Thanksgiving Day|
|24-Dec||Monday||Emperor’s Birthday observed|
For those who are not familiar with all these, here are some explanations for some holidays above.
Coming of Age Day:
Held in order to congratulate all those who have reached age 20. Coming of age ceremonies hosted by local governments will be held throughout the whole country for celebrations, and female participants will be dressed up with their own and original Furisode (traditional kimono for unwed young women).
Emperor Showa’s (1926 – 1989) birthday. Used to be celebrated as Emperor’s Birthday until 1988.
To appreciate blessings from the sea and hope for prosperity of the country as an island nation. First observed in 1996.
This is the newest national holiday in Japan that started from year 2016. The legislation states that Mountain Day is intended is to provide opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from them.
First observed in Oct 10 1966 to commemorate the Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. Oct 10 was the day of the opening ceremony.
All public schools and the Japanese market will be out on national holidays. Setting up a lot of national holidays would be a great excuse to rest for diligent Japanese workers! Also good to have many holidays in spring and autumn; these are the best season for traveling in Japan! Let us know if you have any trouble or questions in planning your vacation – we will always be there for a hand.
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