National Holidays of Japan

National Foundation Day 11th of Feb

Happy Birthday, Japan! How old is Japan? Very old, that’s how old Japan is. So don’t expect a birthday cake because it’s unlikely we could find one big enough to accommodate the appropriate number of candles.

Read More

Golden Week beginning of May

A combination of historic happenstance and good planning has resulted in four national holidays landing within a week of each other, between April 29 and May 5. Throw in a weekend and some company holidays, and most of Japan’s residents get a full week or ten days off — the longest holiday of the year for the majority of people, featuring more time off than even the more important New Year holiday.

Read More

Silver Week Mid September

Silver Week: it sounds like a celebration of old people, but is actually the less blingy sibling of Golden Week.

Read More

Setsubun

After a long, hard day at the office, Dad wearily approaches his front door. Suddenly, he is ambushed. The air is filled with chants of ‘Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!’ and he is battered by a hail of flying beans.

Read More

Shunbun no Hi

It is well known that Japan’s traditional culture is deeply entwined with the seasons and with nature. It is no surprise then that there is a national holiday, Shunbun no Hi, to celebrate the spring equinox, around the 20th / 21st of March.

Read More

Hinamatsuri 3rd of March

Girls’ Day, or Hinamatsuri, must be one of the most picturesque festivals in Japan, centring as it does on collections of exquisitely-made dolls. The dolls, which are called hina-ningyo, represent the most Japanese qualities of beauty, craft, and mind-boggling attention to minute detail.

Read More

Marine Day 3rd Monday in July

It makes sense that Japan has a national holiday dedicated to the ocean. This is an island nation in which almost all the population live along narrow coastal strips, mostly on the Pacific; the country is an archipelago stretching from the frigid north to the sweltering south.

Read More