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John Thacker
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:47 pm Reply with quote
Pretty good list. You did leave out Setsubun (February 3), possibly because it's not actually a legal holiday, but I feel like it gets more attention than some that are. Throwing beans is fun.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:33 pm Reply with quote
John Thacker wrote:
Pretty good list. You did leave out Setsubun (February 3), possibly because it's not actually a legal holiday, but I feel like it gets more attention than some that are. Throwing beans is fun.


Not to discredit Justin, but this is likely where he got his answer from.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Japan

ctrl+f Setsubun and it isn't mentioned at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:52 pm Reply with quote
Some good information in here. Between anime and Persona 4, I was at least familiar with the names and dates, but not necessarily the reasoning for the holiday or its placement.

White Day was a new one to me. but I did always find it a bit odd that Valentine's Day specified that the girls were supposed to give chocolates to the boys. With as often as I see instances of the boys hoping that they would get chocolate, I had to wonder why they didn't take the initiative if it was that important.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:10 pm Reply with quote
Sounds like some pretty neat holidays!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:25 pm Reply with quote
Our queen used to send signed letters of congratulations to people who reach 100. Now I think they're just printed.

I don't blame people for not attending coming of age day. It seems a boring mix of pointless pontificating by stuck up bureaucrats & a milder version of Carrousel.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:30 pm Reply with quote
Heishi wrote:
Sounds like some pretty neat holidays!

They sure are, indeed! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:40 pm Reply with quote
For what it's worth, this is what my company's HR department lists as the holidays that our Tokyo office celebrates/has celebrated this year:

New Year’s Day (Ganjitsu) - Friday, Jan. 1
Coming of Age Day (Seijin no hi) - Monday, Jan. 11
National Foundation Day (Kenkoku kinenbi)- Thursday, Feb. 11
Spring Equinox Day (Shunbun no hi) - Monday, March 21
Day of Showa (Showa no hi) - Friday, Apr. 29
Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinenbi) - Tuesday, May 3
Greenery Day (Midori no hi) - Wednesday, May 4
Children's Day (Kodomo no hi) - Thursday, May 5
Marine Day (Umi no hi) - Monday, Jul. 18
Mountain Day (Yama no hi) - Thursday, Aug. 11
Respect of the Aged Day (Keiro no hi) - Monday, Sep. 19
Autumn Equinox Day (Shuubun no hi) - Thusday, Sep. 22.
Sports Day (Taiiku no hi) - Monday, Oct. 10
Culture Day (Bunka no hi) - Thursday, Nov 3
Labor Thanksgiving Day (Kinrou kansha no hi) - Wednesday, Nov. 23
Emperor’s Birthday (Tennou tanjoubi) - Friday, Dec. 23


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:58 pm Reply with quote
I guess one of the big benefits of being Emperor is that even if your birthday is only two days away from Christmas, you still get to celebrate both in a big way instead of one "combined" celebration like my sister-in-law grew up with.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:10 pm Reply with quote
I was able to go to a Bon festival in Nagoya in 2006. It was really fun!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:11 am Reply with quote
Paiprince wrote:
Not to discredit Justin, but this is likely where he got his answer from.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Japan
ctrl+f Setsubun and it isn't mentioned at all.

One of about four places. Actually tried to include the major non-official-holiday festivals (which are not on that page at all), but kinda pissed that nothing I referenced mentioned Setsubun. Grrr.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:17 am Reply with quote
WOW there sure are a lot of holidays celebrated in Japan that I didn't know about also a lot of festivals that I'll sure like to visit one of these days. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:43 am Reply with quote
Forgot January 4th, the unofficial kick off to the pro wrestling new year...IN TOKYO DOME!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzLFT1jTAII&index=18&list=PLgqDyJZN9OYmlzcPXYsX4zZJNaOYXKfHm
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:43 am Reply with quote
I guess the common holidays celebrated in anime and manga are New Year, Valentine Day, White Day, Golden Week, Tanabata, Obon, and Christmas.
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