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Japan National Holidays

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Japan National Holidays
Showa Day
April 29, 2020

昭和の日しょうわのひ・Showa Day is held on April 29 and is the birthday of late Emperor Hirohito, the Shōwa Emperor, who sat the 皇位こうい・Chrysanthemum throne from 1926 until 1989.

昭和の日しょうわのひ・Shōwa no Hi is intended to be a time to reflect upon the events of Emperor Hirohito’s 63-year rule and the Showa era. People in Japan traditionally celebrate Showa Day by visiting shrines, the National Showa Memorial Museum or visiting the Musashino Imperial Mausoleum in Tokyo, where Emperor Showa is buried. Others simply enjoy the day off.

昭和の日しょうわのひ・Shōwa no Hi also marks the beginning of ゴールデンウィークGolden Week, the holiday period running from the April 29 to May 5. Golden Week is one of the longest 祝日しゅくじつ・national holiday periods in Japan. It’s also one of the busiest holiday periods with many people taking advantage of their time off to 旅行りょこう・travel and enjoy the fresh spring 天気てんき・weather.

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