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Umi no hi (Ocean's day) - National holiday in Japan [Others]

Every 3rd monday in July is called "Umi no hi" (Ocean's day) and it is a national holiday here in Japan. It used to be July 20th but due to change in policy of national holiday by government, it became every 3rd monday in July. (To avoid lap over with weekends and reduce number of holidays - Japan is always said to be only a few holiday compared to other countries, government decided to avoid national holidays to overlap with weekend thus changed many holidays to monday so that everyone enjoys three day weekend.)

We really don't know why "Ocean's day" is a national holiday....it might be because Japan is a insular country. Even the Wikipedia in Japan doesn't clarify the origin of this holiday.

However, this "Umi no hi" (Ocean's day) is the start of summer break for students! They are looking forward to go for a swim in the sea. And it's good for business person like us because the commuter's train is uncrowded for a month till the summer break is over. I love this season because of this reason :)

Unfortunately, there is no national holiday in August. But most of Japanese companies take a week off in mid August due to "Obon vacation" - which is a festival of souls, show respect to our ancestors, and pray for them to come back to our house for this specific time of season (Obon).




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