Hidup di Jepang kadang-kadang tidak tahu kalau hari itu libur. Biar tidak kecele datang ke kampus atau kantor, berikut ini adalah tanggal-tanggal yang ditetapkan sebagai hari libur nasional Jepang. Seperti di Indonesia, pada hari-hari libur ini, bank, kantor pos serta kantor-kantor pemerintah dan swasta umumnya tutup. Namun toko serta pusat-pusat perbelanjaan buka.
Jika libur nasional jatuh pada hari Minggu, hari Senin berikutnya otomatis menjadi hari libur.
Berikut hari-hari libur tersebut (keterangan dalam bahasa inggris).
|Januari 1||New Year
January 1 is New Year’s Day, a national holiday and one of the biggest events on the calendar of annual festivities in Japan. More details>>>
|Hari Senin ke-2 bulan Januari||Coming of Age Day,
a national holiday to encourage those who have newly entered adulthood to become self-reliant members of society. (The holiday used to be on January 15, but in 2000 it was moved to the second Monday of the month.) Municipal governments host special coming-of-age ceremonies for 20-year-olds, since an “adult” in Japan is legally defined as one who is 20 or over. They gain the right to vote on their twentieth birthday, and they’re also allowed to smoke and drink. But along with these rights come new responsibilities as well, and so age 20 is a big turning point for the Japanese. More details>>>
|Febuari 11||National Foundation Day,
a national holiday for Japanese people to remind themselves of the nation’s founding and foster their love for the nation. More details>>>
|Maret 21||Vernal Equinox Day
March 20 or 21 is Shunbun no Hi, or Vernal Equinox Day, a day when the sun crosses the equator making night and day equal in length. It’s a national holiday in Japan, a day to commune with nature and to show our affection for all living things. More details>>>
|April 29||Greenery Day
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.More details>>>
|Mei 3||Constitution Memorial Day
The Constitution of Japan came into force on May 3, 1947. To commemorate this event, the date is celebrated as a national holiday. More details>>>
|Mei 4||Hari Libur antara tgl 3 dan 5|
|Mei 5||Children’s Day
Families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children. It became a national holiday in 1948, but it has been a day of celebration in Japan since ancient times. More details>>>
|Juli 20||Marine Day
July 20 is Marine Day, Japan’s newest holiday. It was observed for the first time in 1996, after being declared a national holiday a year earlier. Japan now has 14 annual holidays. Until then, there were no holidays in the months of June, July, and August. The Japanese public was happy to gain a day off in the summer months, but the kids were probably the happiest of all, since they could now start their summer vacation–which frequently starts on July 21–one day earlier. More details>>>
|September 15||Respect of the Aged Day
or Keiro no Hi in Japanese, is a day when one shows respect to long-time contributors to society, celebrates their longevity, prays for their health, gains greater awareness and understanding of welfare issues confronting the elderly, and thinks about how welfare services can be improved. More details>>>
|September 23||Autumnal Equinox Day,
it’s a day not just to mark the changing of seasons but also to pay our respects to our deceased parents, grandparents, and other family members.
The months of September, October, November are usually considered the autumn months, but technically speaking, fall is the period between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice (the autumnal equinox is the day when the sun crosses the equator from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere). More details>>>
|Hari Senin ke-2 bulan Oktober||Sports Day
The second Monday of October is Taiiku no Hi, or Sports Day, a national holiday to foster healthy minds and bodies through physical activity. It was established to commemorate the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which were held from October 10 to 24. It was designated a national holiday two years later in 1966. Until 1999 the holiday was on October 10, but beginning in 2000 it has been changed to the second Monday of the month. More details>>>
|November 3||Culture Day
November 3 is Culture Day, a national holiday. It was on this day in 1946 that the present Constitution of Japan was officially announced. To commemorate this event, the date was made into a holiday two years later to foster the ideals of the Constitution–the love of peace and freedom–through cultural activities. More details>>>
|November 23||Labor Thanksgiving Day,
a second national holiday in November. It became a holiday in 1948 as a day for citizens to express gratitude to one other for work done throughout the year and for the fruits of those labors. Labor Thanksgiving Day (Kinro Kansha no Hi in Japanese) is actually a modern name for an ancient ritual called Niinamesai (Harvest Festival). More details>>>
|Desember 23||Hari Ulang Tahun Kaisar / The Emperor’s Birthday|
Sumber: website kedubes Indonesia di Tokyo