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Holiday Calendar for Japan

Holiday Calendar for Japan for 2020-2021 year
From January through December, there are many Japanese holidays and special occasions you can participate in. The following are Japanese national holidays and some of the most important other annual nationwide events. In addition, there are countless local annual festivals

Overview of holidays and many observances in Japan during for 2020-2021 year

July 2020

Tuesday 7 July - Tanabata in Japan (たなばた or 七夕, meaning "Evening of the seventh")
Friday 10 July - Natto Day in Japan (Natto - Japanese food made from fermented soybeans)
Monday 13 July - Bon Festival in Japan (celebrated until July 16 in western Japan)
Wednesday 15 July - Bon Festival (Kantō region, Japan)
Friday 17 July - Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Japan (祇園祭 is one of the most famous festivals. It lasts all of July and ends with the Yamaboko Junkō parade on July 17 and 24. Initially, it was dedicated to fighting the plague in 869)
Monday 20 July - Marine Day or Ocean Day or Sea Day in Japan (is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July)
Thursday 23 July - Letter Writing Day in Japan (The Letter Writing Day can be a bit confusing... as we found on numerous sites that this 'holiday' falls on 7th of December, then again on the official World Letter Writing Day page the date is 1st of September, and Japan issues LWD stamps each year, for over two decades now, on 23rd of July. In any case, its a nice way of reminding people of the existence of letters)

August 2020

Sunday 9 August - Japan Hug Day; Nagasaki Memorial Day in Japan (Nagasaki Peace Park is a park located in Nagasaki, Japan, commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II)
Tuesday 11 August - Mountain Day in Japan (山の日 - The legislation states that the holiday is to provide “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.”)
Thursday 13 August - Obon in the east in Japan (celebrated until August 15)
Saturday 15 August - Bon Festival or Awa Dance Festival in Japan (阿波踊り observances: Tokushima Prefecture); End-of-war Memorial Day in Japan (when the National Memorial Service for War Dead is held)

September 2020

Friday 18 September - Island Language Day (Okinawa Prefecture, Japan)
Monday 21 September - Respect for the Aged Day (Japan, celebrated on the third Monday in September)

October 2020

Wednesday 7 October - Nagasaki Kunchi Festival (長崎くんち is a Shinto festival in honor of three kami: Suva, Sumiyoshi and Morizaki. The most famous national festival in Nagasaki, Japan)
Monday 12 October - Physical Education Day or Health and Sports Day or Taiku-no-hi in Japan (体育の日 is a public holiday and is celebrated since 2000 on the second Monday of October)

November 2020

Tuesday 17 November - Shogi Day in Japan (将棋 is literally a “general’s chess game” celebrated in the tenth month of Kanazuki 神無月, the traditional Japanese calendar)

December 2020

January 2021

Sunday 3 January - Tamaseseri Festival (Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan)
Tuesday 26 January - Bunkazai Boka Day in Japan ("Day of Fire Protection for Cultural Property". 1955)

February 2021

Thursday 4 February - Rissun - Early Spring (Risshun - リッスン - New Year in Japan)
Wednesday 17 February - Hachinohe Enburi in Japan (is a traditional local dance festival where they welcome the arrival of spring and pray for a rich harvest in Aomori, Japan. みちのく五大雪まつり)
Thursday 18 February - Dialect Day (Amami Islands, Japan)
Thursday 25 February - Kitano Baika-sai or "Plum Blossom Festival" (Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kyoto, Japan)

March 2021

Monday 1 March - National Day of Struggle for Peace or Bikini Day in Japan; Omizu-tori in Japan (お水取り or “Getting Water” is a Buddhist festival that takes place in the Nigatsu-do Temple, which is part of the Todai-ji Temple, located in the city of Nara, celebrated from March 1-14)
Wednesday 10 March - Hote Matsuri (Shiogama, Japan)
Saturday 13 March - Kasuga Matsuri (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan)
Sunday 14 March - White Day in Japan (also South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and China on March 14, one month after Valentine's Day - ホワイトデ)
Monday 15 March - Hōnen Matsuri in Japan (豊年祭, "Harvest Festival" is a fertility festival celebrated every year on March 15 in Japan. Hōnen means prosperous year in Japanese, implying a rich harvest, while a matsuri is a festival)
Sunday 21 March - Vernal Equinox Day in Japan (it’s a public holiday, and a time for traditions and an appreciation of the world at large)
Monday 22 March - Broadcasting Day in Japan (On March 22, 1925, Japan's first broadcaster took to the airwaves.)
Saturday 27 March - Sakura Blossom Holiday in Japan (Usually, the blooms burst into colour between March and early April)
Sunday 28 March - Commemoration of Sen no Rikyū (Schools of Japanese tea ceremony)

April 2021

Thursday 1 April - Miyako Odori in Japan (The Miyako Odori or 都をどり is one of Japan's best Geisha events. It features a large number of Maiko and several Geiko from the Gion district of Kyoto); Edible Book Day (The International Edible Book Festival)
Thursday 8 April - Buddha's Birthday (Buddhist festival - 灌仏会 - Matsuri, which is held in Japan. It is also referred to as Hana Matsuri, "Flower Festival")
Wednesday 14 April - The first day of Takayama Spring Festival (Takayama, Gifu, Japan); Black Day (South Korea, Japan, Taiwan. An unofficial holiday celebrated annually by single people - unmarried or unmarried people)
Wednesday 28 April - Restoration of Sovereignty Day in Japan (主権回復の日 Shuken kaifuku no hi - It marks the end of the American occupation of Japan on 28 April 1952)
Thursday 29 April - Shōwa Day in Japan (昭和の日 is celebrated in Japan to commemorate the birth date of Emperor Showa or Hirohito, the emperor of pre and post-World war II)

May 2021

Tuesday 4 May - Greenery Day in Japan (みどりの日 - Until 1988, April 29 was celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Showa. It was decided to keep this day a holiday even after his passing away in January 1989 and to name it Greenery Day because of the late Emperor's love of nature. In 2007, April 29 became Showa Day, and Greenery Day was moved to May 4)
Sunday 9 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Thursday 27 May - Navy Anniversary Day in Japan (海軍記念日, Kaigun Kinen'bi. It was in commemoration of the Battle of Tsushima - May 27–29, 1905)
Saturday 29 May - Japan Day in Düsseldorf (date for 2021. Celebrated on the last Saturday of May)

June 2021

Thursday 10 June - Chronometer Day in Japan (according to legend, it was on this day in 671 that the chronometer first appeared in the palace of the Japanese emperor)
Tuesday 15 June - Sanno Festival in Japan (June 10-16th - every even-numbered year. Kanda Festival - mid-May - every odd-numbered year); National holiday in Japan (in honor of William Adams [1564-1620], also known as Anjin-sama - 三浦按針, was an English navigator, became a samurai. It is believed that he was the first Englishman to live in Japan)
Sunday 20 June - Father's Day (Ńelebrated on the third Sunday of June řň Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)
Wednesday 23 June - Okinawa Memorial Day (慰霊の日 or Irei no Hi, lit. "the day to console the dead" - Okinawa Prefecture, Japan)

July 2021

Also about some Japanese Traditions

The Japanese are not in the habit of taking long periods of annual leave.
Public holidays in Japan (国民の祝日 kokumin no shukujitsu) were established by the Public Holiday Law (国民の祝日に関する法律 Kokumin no Shukujitsu ni Kansuru Hōritsu) of 1948.
A provision of the law establishes that when a national holiday falls on a Sunday, the next working day shall become a public holiday, known as furikae kyūjitsu (振替休日, literally "transfer holiday"). Additionally, any day that falls between two other national holidays shall also become a holiday, known as kokumin no kyūjitsu (国民の休日, literally "citizens’ holiday").
Although the word matsuri is always translated as ’festival’, some festivals and holidays are more correctly included in the nenchu gyoji or annual events originally observed by the Imperial court.
In addition to the annual holidays listed above, certain events of celebration or mourning related to the imperial family are also treated as national holidays in the year in which they occur.
In 2019, the Emperor is expected to abdicate on April 30, followed by the ascension to the throne of the new Emperor on May 1 and the enthronement ceremony on October 22. As a result, May 1 and October 22 are also expected to become national holidays.
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