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Can you tell me about the different Japanese national holidays, and other special days during the year?

Japan has most national holidays in number around the world!

Here are the list of national holidays in Japan - 2013 version.

Wow - We have 16 holidays in total, which is the biggest in number around the world!

January 1 - New Year's Day
January 14 - Coming‐of‐Age Day
February 11 - National Foundation Day
March 20 - Vernal Equinox Holiday
April 29 - Showa Day (Showa = Japanese era)
May 3 - Constitution Day
May 4 - Greenery Day
May 5 - Children's Day
May 6 - a substitute holiday
July 15 - Marine Day
Sept 16 - Respect-for-the-Aged Day Holiday
Sept 23 - autumn equinox holiday
Oct 14 - Sports Day
Nov 3 - Culture Day
Nov 4 - a substitute holiday
Nov 23 - Labor Thanksgiving Day
Dec 23 - the Emperor's Birthday

I remember having a difficult time explaining all the holidays in Japan to my ex-colleagues from the States. They were amazed how we make up so many holidays while they thought Japanese people were workaholic. :-)

by EmiOnishi

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