All posts tagged: holiday

Japan Diaries: Children’s Day (Golden Week)

Today we celebrate and honour the birth of children. And the last official day of Golden Week. Fun Facts: Kodomo no hi, or “Children’s Day,” is celebrated every year on May 5. On this national holiday, children are respected and honoured for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them. Children’s Day was originally known as Tango no Sekku  (literally nearing the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, but usually translated as Boys Day)and was a celebration for boys. The holiday was officially changed to celebrate the health and growth of both girls and boys in 1948.  Kodomo no hi is particularly well known for the unique traditions and decorations that are associated with the celebration of the holiday. Source, Japan Society Things to do: Fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp, families usually do this for each of their children. Eat lots of desserts such as Mochi wrapped in oak leaves Spend the day making things, some fun craft ideas, here. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigour, overcoming all obstacles to …

Japan Diaries: Constitution Day (Golden Week)

Constitution day (also known as Kenpo Kinenbi) is a celebration of the end of war in Japan. Held every year on the 3rd May to commemorate the promulgation in 1947 of Japan’s constitution. It was first celebrated in 1948 to reflect upon democracy and the role of the government. Source, Gaijinpot The  new postwar constitution included: Human rights for everyone / End of War / No Japanese Army. Unlike the Meiji Constitution that it replaced, the present Constitution declares that sovereignty lies with the people; the Emperor is “the symbol of the state and the unity of the people” who has no “powers related to government.” It asserts that people have fundamental human rights and renounces war. It is a very democratic document modelled on the American and British constitutions. Web Japan For more on the history of this day, here. Things to do: Visit The National Diet Building Attend public lectures. Fly colourful streamers, in the shape of a fish which are called Koinobori. Which is also done during Showa and Children’s day. Most people …

Japan Diaries: Showa Day (Golden Week)

Golden Week is a national Japanese holiday which starts today! What is it? A collection of four (days) within a week. Instead of just giving people those four holidays off, many offices end up closing for about 7-10 days, giving their employees a full week of freedom. Even if they’re not given the whole week, many employees will just take time off anyway. The holiday week starts on April 29th and goes through May 5th. Source, Tofugu Dates: April 29th, Showa Day / May 3rd, Constitution Day / May 4th,  Greenery Day / May 5th,  Children’s Day Today marks the celebration of late Emperor Hirohito, the Shōwa Emperor who sat the Chrysanthemum throne from 1926 until 1989. It is intended to be a time to reflect upon the events of Emperor Hirohito’s 63 year rule, the most significant of which are the putting down of the Taisho Democracy, two military coups d’états, World War II, the post-War occupation and dismantling of Imperial rule, and Japan’s rise to economic power. Source, Gaijinpot Things to do: Many …