Japan National Holidays

With 15 public holidays throughout the year, this series will look at the customs and culture of Japanese National Holidays.

New Year’s Holiday

お正月

One of the most important holiday in Japan. News Years is a holiday that is steeped in cultural and historic significance.

Coming of Age Day

成人の日

The Coming of Age festival is celebrated on the second Monday of January and marks the transition of young Japanese people into adulthood.

National Foundation Day

建国記念日

National Foundation Day is celebrated on February 11 to mark the foundation of Japan and the accession of Emperor Jimmu.

Vernal Equinox Day

春分の日

Vernal Equinox Day is a Shintoist holiday observed to honor past Emperors of Japan.

Showa Day

昭和の日

Showa Day a day of remembrance of the late Emperor Hirohito, the Shōwa Emperor, who sat the Chrysanthemum throne from 1926 until 1989.

Constitution Memorial Day

憲法記念日

Constitution Memorial Day is a national holiday that takes place on May third in celebration of the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.

Greenery Day

みどりの日

Part of the Golden Week holiday, Greenery Day represents a day to show appreciation of nature.

Children’s Day

こどもの日

Children’s Day is a Japanese Festival held in May that honours the birth of children.

Ocean Day

海の日

Ocean Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrated to give thanks to the ocean’s bounty and to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan as an island nation.

Respect for the Aged Day

敬老の日

Respect for the Aged Day is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens.