- strategically /struh-TEE-juh-klee/
- observe /uhb-ZURV/
- constitution /kon-sti-TOO-shuhn/
- prosperity /pro-SPER-i-tee/
- coincide /koh-in-SAHYD/
[adverb] – in a way that relates to the achievement of long-term or overall aims and interests
The seats are strategically placed for maximal viewing.
[verb] – to obey a law or rule, or celebrate a holiday or religious event in a traditional way
Coming of Age Day is observed on the second Monday of January.
[noun] – the set of political principles by which a state or organization is governed, especially in relation to the rights of the people it governs
The US constitution was signed in 1787.
[noun] – the state of being successful and having a lot of money
I wish you nothing but happiness and prosperity in the coming year!
[verb] – to happen at or near the same time
His birthday coincides with Valentine’s Day.
Shōwa no Hi (Shōwa Day)
April 29 is the birthday of former Emperor Shōwa, who was Japan’s longest-reigning emperor from 1926 until the year of his death, 1989. Greenery Day was originally observed on this day until 2006.
Kenpo kinenbi (Constitution Day)
The new postwar constitution went into force on this day in 1947. The holiday is used to commemorate Japan’s history and learn more about its governance.
Midori no Hi (Greenery Day)
Greenery Day began as a way to honor Emperor Shōwa due to his love of nature. On this day, many parks and gardens, including Rikugien Garden and the Ueno Zoo, provide free admission.
Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)
Families pray for their sons’ health and future prosperity by hanging koinobori (flying carp kites) and displaying samurai figurines, both representing strength, power, and success on this day. Parks, public places, and Tokyo landmarks like the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree also display koinobori. Tango no Sekku (Boys’ Festival) coincides with this day, whereas the Hina Matsuri (Girls’/Dolls’ Festival) is celebrated on March 3.
There is much to be done in one week with such a string of consecutive holidays. How would you celebrate the Golden Week this year?
- Please share how you celebrate Golden Week.
- How was the Golden Week during the start of the pandemic?
- If possible, which holiday of the Golden Week would you remove/replace and why?
- Do many Japanese go on outdoor trips during the Golden Week?
- Which among the four holidays of the Golden Week do you enjoy the most and why?