Japan’s Golden Week
Golden week is the longest holiday in Japan. It’s Katakana form is ゴールデンウィーク read as Go-ruden Ui-ku.ウィ is read as ‘wi’ and its Kanji is 黄金週間 (おうごんしゅうかん). It is the busiest holiday in Japan alongside the Bon (お盆) festival which is in August. Most companies are closed during the Golden Week.
黄金 (こがね) – means Golden which is the combination of Yellow (黄) and Gold (金) or Money (金).
週間 (しゅうかん) – means week. 週 read as しゅう
means Week. 間 can be read in many
readings. For On-Yomi, 間 is read as かん or けんwhile the Kun-Yomi,
it is read as あいだ
orま. It means in-between,
interval, or space.
Golden Week consists
of 4 public holidays:
May 3 – Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日)
May 4 – Greenery Day (みどりの日)
May 5 – Children’s day (子供の日)
- Showa Day (昭和の日) celebrated every April 29 is an annual holiday. The first holiday of Golden week. It honors the birthday of Emperor Hirohito or Emperor Showa. Showa or Showa era is the period in Japanese history that corresponds to the reign of Emperor Hirohito. April 29 was called the Emperor’s Birthday but upon the death of Emperor Showa and the era changed to Heisei, April 29 was no longer Emperor Hirohito’s birthday, and it became Greenery Day. In 2007, April 29 was officially called Showa Day and Greenery Day was moved to May 4. 昭和 read as しょうわ (Shouwa). の日 read as のひ (no Hi).
- Constitution Memorial day (憲法記念日) is a national holiday celebrated every May 3. It is to celebrate the enactment of the 1947 Constitution of Japan. 憲法記念日 is read in Hiragana as けんぽうきねんび (Kenpoi kinen Bi)
- Greenery Day (みどりの日) is a holiday that celebrates Nature and being thankful for all the blessings received. みどり means Green in English. It used to be a celebration of the Emperor’s Birthday. May 4 is now officially called Greenery Day and part of the Golden Week celebrations.
- Children’s Day (子供の日) is the last day of the holiday series of Golden Week. It takes place annually on May 5. From its word, 子供 or Children, it is a day to celebrate the Children’s happiness. 子供 is read as こども (Kodomo) meaning Child/Children. Children’s day was used to be a celebration for boys and recognizing fathers, but it was changed to Children’s Day to include both male and female children as well Mothers.
In 2012, I witnessed and experienced the Golden Week. Though, we work on April 29 as most families were on Holiday week and it was the time when we must showcase the company's new Showroom. Then during the rest of the holidays, I and my friend went to the JE drama location hunting. We were fans of Johnny’s Idols. As far as I can remember, we went to Fuchu-no-Mori Park, Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Ebisu.
That’s all for today.
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