Let’s check what’s going on in Japan?
| National Events and Holidays
| Charms for tourists
❤＝Tourist interests (＊My point of view.)
|JAN||1/1||🇯🇵 New Year’s Day|
|1/1〜1/3||Hatsumode（New Year’s visit）||People visit temples or shrines during New Year’s holidays nationwide.|
| The 2nd
|🇯🇵 Coming of Age Day ❤❤||Many young women in beautiful kimono can be seen nationwide.|
|FEB||2/3||Setsubun Festival (Bean-Throwing) ❤❤❤||Temples and shrines hold Bean-Throwing ceremony nationwide.|
|2/11||🇯🇵 National Foundation Day ❤||National Foundation Day parade in Shibuya, Tokyo.|
|MAR||3/3||Hina-matsuri (Girls’ Day or Doll Festival）❤❤❤||Beautiful Doll display can be seen nationwide.|
|3/14||White Day （Men’s Valentine Day)|
|〜3/21〜||🇯🇵 Vernal Equinox Day （Higan Week)||People visit ancestor’s graves during Higan week.|
|APR||4/29||🇯🇵 Showa Day （Start of Golden Week）||Golden week is a week with many national holidays. Everywhere packed with people including accommodations and transportations. Better to avoid visiting during this period if possible.|
|MAY||5/3||🇯🇵 Constitution Memorial Day|
|5/4||🇯🇵 Greenery Day|
|5/5||🇯🇵 Children’s day （End of Golden Week) ❤❤||Former Boys’ Day. Samurai warrior doll display and Koi carp streamers can be seen nationwide.|
| The 2nd
|Mother’s Day||The day to thank mothers.
Giving carnations is common practice.
|JUNE|| The 3rd
|Father’s Day||The day to thank fathers.
Giving yellow roses is common practice.
|JULY||7/7||Tanabata Festival ❤❤❤||Some regions hold big Tanabata festivals.|
| The 3rd
|🇯🇵 Marine Day ❤||Some regions hold ocean-related events.|
|AUG||8/11||🇯🇵 Mountain Day||Newly designated as a natinal holiday in 2016 to make Obon Holiday longer with connection.|
|8/13〜15||Obon holiday ＋Obon Dance Festival ❤❤||Buddhist custom. Not the national holidays, but customarily most companies set as the holidays. Obon Dance Festival held nationwide.|
|SEP||9/1||Disaster Prevention Day||Emergency drills or Evacuation drills nationwide.|
| The 3rd
|🇯🇵 Respect For The Aged Day||National holiday to show the respect elderly.|
|9/23||🇯🇵 Autumnal Equinox Day （Higan Week）||People visit ancestor’s graves during Higan week.|
|OCT|| The 2nd
|🇯🇵 Health and Sports Day|
|NOV||11/3||🇯🇵 Culture Day|
|11/15||Shichi-Go-San Festival ❤❤❤||3 and 5-year-old boys and 3 and 7-year-old girls have the celebration in shrines, wearing cute kimonos. They are often seen on weekends in November.|
|11/23||🇯🇵 Labour Thanksgiving day|
|DEC||12/23||🇯🇵 Emperor’s Birthday|
|12/31||New Year’s Eve （Omisoka）||Not a national holiday, but most people don’t work. People visit shrines and temples midnight. Temples ring 108 bells around midnight.|