May 3 – Kempo Kinenbi in Japan

Posted on May 3, 2016

The rough translation of this holiday's name is Constitution Memorial Day. It commemorates the current constitution, which came into effect on this date in 1947, shortly after World War II.

I read that it is a day to think about the meaning of democracy and to teach or learn about the Japanese government.

If that doesn't sound all that festive to you, note that it is part of Golden Week, a cluster of holidays:

April 29 – Showa Day (a holiday commemorating the former emperor)
May 3 – Constitution Memorial Day
May 4 – Greenery Day
May 5 – Children's Day

You can see lots of carp streamers
all through Golden Week.
You may wonder if people take off work and school during this time, and the answer is (in general): YES! Some companies shut down completely for the week. For many people, this is the longest vacation period of the year—and of course it tends to be a nice time of the year temperature-wise—so many Japanese people end up traveling and taking outings during Golden Week.

Airports and train stations and hotels tend to be busy; sightseeing spots tend to be jammed. Not the best time for the rest of the world to visit Japan, methinks!

Here are some of the sights some Japanese people are undoubtedly seeing: 
  • Mount Fuji 

  • Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion)
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

  • The Sansoji Temple

  • Robot Restaurant

  • Tokyo Disneysea
  • Hot springs of Wakayama

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