Japanese Events and Holidays in May

In Japan, there is a big holiday called Golden Week in early May. In 2022, if you can take paid vacations on May 2nd and 6th, you will be able to take 10 days off from April 29th, including Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays. 

This is the time of year when the weather is warm and very refreshing, and people go everywhere.

May 3rd: Kenpo Kinenbi (Constitution Memorial Day)

May 3rd is Constitution Memorial Day. This day was established as a national holiday to commemorate the enactment of the Constitution of Japan on May 3, 1947, and to express the hope for the development of the nation.

May 4th: Midori-no-Hi (Greenery Day)

May 4th is a national holiday called Midori-no-Hi (Greenery Day) in Japan that aims to “foster a rich mind by becoming familiar with nature and appreciating its benefits. 

May 5th: Kodomo-no-Hi (Children’s Day)

Children’s Day is one of Japan’s national holidays. This is celebrated on May 5th. Children’s Day is a day to thank the healthy growth of children and mothers. In this season, you can see carp-shaped streamers called “Koinobori” here and there. This is a symbol of being successful in life. On this day, children eat “Chimaki” wrapped in bamboo leaves and “Kashiwa Mochi“, rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves and filled with red beans. “Chimaki” and “Kashiwa Mochi” both mean prosperity for descendants and protection from bad luck.

Second Sunday in May: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in Japan is the second Sunday in May. 
In Japan, sending carnations is a well known way of expressing gratitude to mothers.
How do you express your gratitude to your mother?