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A prized time in Japan (UPDATED): Golden Week | Motivist Japan

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Golden week (GW) is often the longest vacation of the year for Japanese workers. It is also one of the nicest times, weather-wise, tucked between winter and the rain season (which itself precedes scorching summers). A lot of Japanese chooses to travel (it is also a good time to go shopping). Hotels and resorts are packed in Japan at this time of the year and flight ticket prices at their highest – definitely not a good time for you to come to Japan. Japanese people also like to go abroad, Hawaii and Guam being two very popular overseas destinations.

**Update: Due to the effect of Covid-19, Japan Government has strongly advised to refrain from traveling during this time. 

 

WHAT IS CELEBRATED DURING GOLDEN WEEK?

As we mentioned once in this space, there are a lot of public holidays in Japan (likely to compensate the for lack of annual leaves). Japan has at least one national holiday per month except for the month of June. One of the holidays to look forward to is Golden week. Golden week starts April 29 until May 5. Although the official holidays are only April 29 and May 3-5, most people will take a holiday for the days in between thus making it a one of the longest and most anticipated holidays in Japan. 

April 29: Day of Shōwa (昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi). The Shōwa was the era of Emperor Hirohito, whose birthday was April 29. He reigned from 1926 to 1989. It is the opportunity for Japanese people to reflect on what happened during these trouble times for Japan (and the world).

May 3: Constitutional Memorial Day (憲法記念日 Kenpō Kinenbi). It celebrates the constitution of 1947 that is still in force to this day.

May 4: “Green Day” (みどりの日 Midori no Hi), its name officially meaning the celebration Nature. That day was originally supposed to celebrate the aforementioned Emperor who loved nature.

May 5: “Kids' Day” (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi). To celebrate kids, boys in particular (05/05 being to boys what 03/03 (“Hinamatsuri”) is to girls).

Regardless of the meaning of these holidays (besides May 5, many Japanese do not know exactly what holiday is what), if you ever live in Japan, you will undoubtedly understand that Golden Week is one of the best times of the year.