Children’s Day (こどもの日): All About this “Double Fifth” Holiday

With a history of almost 1300 years in Japan, we explore the origins of Children’s Day, its connections to China, and some of its most revered traditions.

Greenery Day (みどりの日): It’s Green and Blue

Celebrated annually on 4th May, this relatively young is linked to one of Japan’s youngest colours.

Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日): A Day to Dedicated to Peace

On 3rd May 1947 the Constitution of Japan, also known as the “Peace Constitution” was signed, and this date has been a national holiday ever since.

Showa Day (昭和の日): Remembering History, and Why It’s Important

The intention of Showa Day is to encourage reflection upon the years 1929-1989, otherwise known as the Showa Era – an intense time in Japan.

Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日): The Start of Spring

The transition from winter to spring is always highly anticipated in Japan. So, to welcome this new season, we take a look at the history, meaning and celebrations of Vernal Equinox Day.

National Foundation Day (建国記念の日): A Patriotic Holiday for Japan

Due to its somewhat controversial origins, National Foundation was abolished following the post-war constitution, but it subsequently bounced back 20 years later. We wonder, does it still hold the same meaning?

Coming of Age Day (成人の日): A Tribute to the Youth of Yesterday and the Adults of Today

Coming-of-Age Day has been saying “welcome to adulthood” officially since 1948. But how, and why? We take a look at what it means to turn 20 in Japan.

New Year’s Day (元日): A Time for Tradition

Many of us welcome the “bigger and brighter” beginnings that New Year’s Day brings, but there are also many wonderful traditions surrounding this important holiday in Japan. To commemorate this day, we explore a handful of some of the most popular.

The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日): Celebrating Centuries of History

To honour the Heisei Emperor’s birthday, we take a look at the origins of this holiday, the monarchy, and how Tokyo is involved.

Tochigi Prefecture – Three Monkeys, One Fox and Endless Gyoza

Tochigi may be most famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nikko National Park. But have you heard about its close connection to gyoza? Or the tale of its magical kitsune?

Labour Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日): Two Holidays in One?

Thanksgiving in Japan isn’t solely connected to the produce of the autumn harvest, it’s also a day of gratitude for the working people of Japan. So, how do these two meanings complement one another?

Aichi Prefecture – Geek Chic

In the heart of Japan’s main island, Aichi Prefecture is the place to go to nurture the wonderful geek within you!