Showa Day is a national holiday in Japan which is observed annually on 29 April – the birthday of Emperor Hirohito (Showa Emperor) who ruled Japan from 1926 until 1989. The purpose of this holiday is to honor the birthday of Emperor Hirohito as well as to commemorate the turbulence happening in Japan during his 63 years reign. Showa Day also marks the beginning of Golden Week in Japan. More >
Bon Festival / Japanese Soul Festival
Bon or Obon is a Buddhist festival celebrated by Japanese people to commemorate and honor their deceased ancestors. People in Japan celebrate Obon for 3 days around the 15th day of the 7th month based on lunar and solar calendar. Due to different interpretation of the date of Bon festival, different regions in Japan celebrate Bon festival on different dates. More >
Setsubun / Bean Throwing Festival
Setsubun (Bean Throwing Festival or Bean Throwing Ceremony) is a festival in Japan held in the beginning of Spring every year. During this event, people in Japan perform traditional ritual believed to repel evil, disease, and bad luck along the year. Setsubun is observed on 3 February every year by Japanese people throughout Japan and outside the country. More >
Greenery Day or Midori no Hi is a national holiday observed annually on 4 May in Japan. As its name implies, Greenery Day is considered as a moment to thank the nature for its blessings to human beings. Greenery Day is a part of holidays known as Golden Week in Japan. More >
Tanabata / Japanese Star Festival
Tanabata is a festival in Japan to celebrate the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi, two deities of Japan represented by Vega and Altair – the brightest star in Lyra and Aquila constellations. The observance date of Tanabata varies in different regions of Japan. Yet, most regions celebrate the festival on Summer between July and August every year. More >
Vernal Equinox Day / Shunbun no Hi
Vernal Equinox Day (also known as Spring Equinox Day or Shunbun No Hi) is one of Japanese public holidays observed on 20 or 21 March every year. In this day, the length of day and night is almost the same all over the world. People in Japan celebrate the holiday as a day to commune with nature and show their care to all living things.
When is Vernal Equinox Day 2014?
Vernal Equinox Day is celebrated on 20 or 21 March every year. In order to determine the accurate date of Vernal Equinox Day, Japanese government do not officially declare the date until February in the preceding year. Spring Equinox Day 2014 in Japan falls on Thursday, 20 March 2014.
Origin of Vernal Equinox Day
Formerly, the date of Vernal Equinox Day was celebrated as Shunki kōreisai, a Shintoism event in Japan. In 1948, the government repackaged Shunki kōreisai as a non-religious holiday and renamed it Vernal Equinox Day. Vernal Equinox Day is then observed as a public holiday throughout Japan until recently.
Vernal Equinox Day 2014 Celebrations
During this holiday, many people in Japan visit Buddhist temples to attend special services and events. Many others visit the graves of their family to clean the graves, offer flowers and food, as well as burn incense. This tradition runs to pay respect to the ancestors and solace their spirits.
Happy Vernal Equinox Day 2014 !
Ocean Day (Umi no Hi), also known as Marine Day and Sea Day, is a public holiday in Japan to thank for the blessings of the ocean. This special day is also meant to recognize the importance of sea for Japan as an island state. People in Japan celebrate Ocean Day on the third Monday in July every year. More >
Labor Thanksgiving Day
Labor Thanksgiving Day or Kinrō Kansha no Hi is a national holiday in Japan to celebrate the labors’ achievement and to express gratitude for every work done along the year. They think of the event as an encouragement to the environment, peace and human rights. People in Japan celebrates Labor Thanksgiving Day on 23 November every year. More >
The Emperor’s Birthday / Tennō Tanjōbi
The Emperor’s Birthday is a national holiday in Japan to celebrate the birthday of current Emperor of Japan – Emperor Akihito. Japanese people celebrate The Emperor’s Birthday on 23 December every year. On that date in 1933, Emperor Akihito was born from the Empress Kojun and Emperor Hirohito. More >
Shichi-Go-San / Seven-Five-Three Festival
Shichi Go San is a festival held for young girls aged 3 and 7 years old as well as boys aged 3 and 5 years old in Japan. Although it is not a public holiday, the festival is celebrated festively in Japan. The actual date of the festival is November 15, yet Japanese people normally celebrate the festival on the nearest weekend to the date. More >