Golden Week!

It’s the end of term! 😀

Well, it sort of is, for me, anyway. Tonight marks the beginning of Golden Week. Golden Week is a collection of four national holidays, which fall really close together, so because of this a lot of people take vacation and companies often close for a week. My company closes from Tuesday 29th April until Tuesday 6th May, but because Sunday and Monday are my days off, I don’t have to go to work for a whopping ten days!! I will do some work at home, but I’m really glad the holiday has come and I can relax a little. I want to sleep, explore Nagoya, see friends, take photos, go for walks… it should be nice!

April 29th is Showa Day (しょうわ の ひ), the birthday of former Emperor Showa.

May 3rd is Constitution Day (けんぽう きねんび). On this day in 1947, the new post war constitution came into effect.

May 4th is Greenery Day (みどり の ひ) – a day for the environment and nature.

May 5th is Children’s Day (こども の ひ). The Boy’s Festival (たんご の せっく) is celebrated on this day. (The Girl’s Festival (ひなまつり/もも の せっく) is celebrated on March 3rd.)

Lots of different celebrations are held in Japan during this period, and it has become, along with Obon and New Year, one of the busiest vacation periods.  I hope I can find some interesting things to do!  I suspect a lot of the major tourist attractions in Nagoya will be quite busy…

Happy Golden Week, everybody! 😀

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