Thursday, April 28, 2016

Golden Week in Japan

It's Golden Week here!

Golden week is about a week long holidays in Japan, the "week" starts today, on April 29th, a national holiday that used to be Emperor Showa, who passed away in 1989. It is now celebrated as Greenery Day, a day for nature appreciation.

Next holiday is May 3, it is Constitution Memorial Day. The present Constitution of Japan came into effect on this day in 1947. And the last one is May 5, Children's Day, set aside to pray for the healthy growth and happiness of boys and girls. How about the other days in between these holidays?  Because May 4 falls between two holidays, this day, too, was designated a national holiday. Some companies give employees a day off on May 1, which is May Day.

Many factories close down for a week or even 10 days because it's inefficient to keep shutting them down and starting them back up when holidays and weekends are clustered together. Although offices tend to be open on days that are not holidays, many workers use their paid vacations to take an extended break from the daily routine.

Golden Week comes at a very pleasant time of the year in Japan. The weather is neither too cold nor too hot. Many people travel to resort areas. In recent years, increasing numbers have been traveling to foreign destinations with their families.

Where would you like to travel if you have a week off ? My fantasy destination is Halong Bay, in Vietnam.

Have a lovely weekend!

(Photo by/via GloTraveler)

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