Happy Birthday, Japan!
How old is Japan? Very old, that’s how old Japan is. So don’t expect a birthday cake because it’s unlikely we could find one big enough to accommodate the appropriate number of candles.
A combination of historic happenstance and good planning has resulted in four national holidays landing within a week of each other, between April 29 and May 5. Throw in a weekend and some company holidays, and most of Japan’s residents get a full week or ten days off — the longest holiday of the year for the majority of people, featuring more time off than even the more important New Year holiday.
Silver Week: it sounds like a celebration of old people, but is actually the less blingy sibling of Golden Week.
After a long, hard day at the office, Dad wearily approaches his front door. Suddenly, he is ambushed. The air is filled with chants of ‘Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!’ and he is battered by a hail of flying beans.
It is well known that Japan’s traditional culture is deeply entwined with the seasons and with nature. It is no surprise then that there is a national holiday, Shunbun no Hi, to celebrate the spring equinox, around the 20th / 21st of March.
Girls’ Day, or Hinamatsuri, must be one of the most picturesque festivals in Japan, centring as it does on collections of exquisitely-made dolls.
The dolls, which are called hina-ningyo, represent the most Japanese qualities of beauty, craft, and mind-boggling attention to minute detail.
It makes sense that Japan has a national holiday dedicated to the ocean.
This is an island nation in which almost all the population live along narrow coastal strips, mostly on the Pacific; the country is an archipelago stretching from the frigid north to the sweltering south.
We have a fabulous range of Autumn tours to Japan including the brilliant Crimson Leaf Tour, our popular Ancient Highway Tour and the Heartland Tour. All these tours are running this year and in 2019 so if you are looking for a getaway to Japan in the Autumn please get in touch now.
Take a luxurious tour in Japan this Spring and enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful country at a fabulous time of year.