Greenery Day is a Japanese national holiday that honors and celebrates nature. It was named after an avid gardener Japanese Emperor. Golden Week’s pleasant weather, which is neither too hot nor too cold, makes it an excellent time to be outside. As a result, going out on Greenery Day is a popular pastime, whether it’s for a holiday visit to one’s home province or to kick off another planting season.

If you enjoy green tea, now is the greatest time to purchase the freshest leaves available. Ichibancha, or first flush tea, is produced during this time and has a high reputation and rating. When the weather is relatively low but still ideal for planting, theanine, the amino acid that gives the tea its flavor, is abundant; thus, Ichibancha produces the best crop of the three (nibancha and sanbancha harvest in July and September).

There are various ways to appreciate and connect with nature this Greenery Day, whether it’s gardening at home or visiting a botanical garden. It’s a relaxing approach to de-stress and get away from the daily routine.