May 5th is Kids' Day!
The holiday that celebrates the health and future of our young generation used to be a day that just celebrates boys. But now, it's a day for all kids, and even a day to thank our mothers!
Green Day! Similar to Earth Day in the US, May 4th is a day to remember and think about nature and the environment.
Why not celebrate Green Day and Earth Day? Or better yet, why is it a holiday when we should always be thinking about our environment?
Day 7 is Constitution Day. The current constitution of Japan took place on this day 72 years ago; May 3rd, 1947.
The constitution itself was written another 6 months before in November of 1946. This day is also known as the first day of the second half of Golden Week.
The 6th day of Golden Week happens to be a day off of the people because it lies between two holidays. This year, and only this year, May 2nd lies between the day of the throning of the new emperor and Constitution Day.
It just doesn't make much sense to go to work for one day and go back on break for another 4 days.
This is the first time a new emperor will take the throne while the former one is still alive.
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April 30th, 2019 is the last day of the Heisei Period!
The Heisei Period started in 1989 and will end today, shortly after entering its 31st year.
This is a special occasion for everyone, because Periods end when the emperor dies. However, the Heisei Period Emperor had shown interest in stepping down from the throne since years ago, leading to a change in constitution and new set of laws, leading up to today. Therefore, this is the only time we know that a Period is ending.
The Japanese TV shows are going crazy with the idea, including shows that look back at the 30 years of the Heisei Period, do things with the title of "Last ___ of Heisei", and shows that are doing a 25 hour live stream into the new period.
April 29th is the birthday of the Showa Period Emperor, and was made a holiday called Showa Day to honor his birthday. Although there is much controversy over the necessity of the holiday, it remains one of the many in Japan.
According to the Japanese government, the holiday is not for remembering the Emperor himself, but to look back on the Showa Period's discovery, creations, and recovery, and use that to look forward into the future.
Golden Week starts off with a Saturday. It's just a regular Saturday, but since it's Golden Week, some people are lucky.
For instance, many schools in Japan still have school on Saturdays. Yup, 6 days of school. But with Golden Week, some of these schools have the day off!
Ultimately, it depends on the individual school's policy, but lucky for the students who finally get to spend a Saturday sleeping in.