Japan National Holidays

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

Autumnal Equinox Day

Autumnal Equinox Day marks the changing of the seasons as well as a day to pay respects to the deceased.

Health and Sports Day

Health and Sports Day is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle.

Culture Day

Culture Day is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

Labor Thanksgiving Day

Labor Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on November 23. The law establishing the holiday cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks.

The Emperor’s Birthday

The Emperor’s Birthday is a national holiday in Japan that is celebrated on 23 December. The date is determined by the reigning Emperor’s birthdate who was born on this date in 1933.