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How is Golden Week celebrated Japan?

How is Golden Week celebrated Japan?

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The Golden Week is a collection of national holidays which is one of the busiest times of the year in Japan, besides the Lunar New Year and Obon week. If you're planning to travel to Japan between April 29th - May 5th be aware that trains, airports and sightseeing spots can get very crowded, and accommodation in tourist areas can also be booked out.

Golden Week is also planting season and this is when the first crop of green tea is harvested. Commonly known as ichibancha, the first picking of green tea is widely regarded as the tastiest of the three yearly pickings (the others which occur in July and September). Going to a traditional Japanese tea room is the only way to try some of the best green tea of the season. Learn more about this week with our information below! 

Showa Day (April 29th)

Showa Day, also known as Showa no Hi is an annual holiday honouring the birthday of Emperor Showa (Hirohito) the reigning Emperor from 1926 to 1989. As part of tradition, families visit Hirohito's tomb located in Hachioji during the holiday and reflect on Emperor's Showa's influence on Japan. 


Constitution Day (May 3rd)

On May 3rd 1947 the new post-war constitution was put into effect, and is commemorated each year during the period of Golden Week. Unlike the Meiji Constitition which it replaced, the current Constitution states that sovereignty lies with the people of Japan, and that the Emperor is the symbol of the state and unity of the people who has no powers related to the government. Ceremonies take place throughout the country, and thousands of people attend talks to learn more about the importance of Constitution Day.


Greenery Day (May 4th)

Also known as Midori no hi, Greenery Day is a holiday dedicated to nature and the environment which was celebrated in honour of Emperor Showa. This holiday was usually celebrated on April 29th to coincide with the former Emperors birthday, but was then moved to May 4th after his death. On this day, families spend their time outdoors in the warm spring weather and appreciate the nature around them! 

 

Children's Day (May 5th)

Known in Japan as Kodomo no hi, this is a day where families pray for the health and success of their sons by hanging up Samurai dolls, which symbolise strength and power in life.

If you aren't planning to visit Japan for Golden Week this year, easily achieve an authentic taste at home with our spice pastes and sauces. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out our wide range of products available here.



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