►New Year’s Day
1 January 2013, Tuesday
Before New Year Day rice cakes will be made and will be eaten on this date. On December 31st, Buddhist temples will ring bells 108 times to represent 108 sins.
►Coming of Age Day
14 January 2013, Monday
Celebrates people who are turning 20 since 20 is an important age in Japan since people can vote and drink when they reach 20.
►National Foundation Day
11 February 2013, Monday
Commemorates the founding of Japan and the date that the first Japanese emperor came to power.
►Vernal Equinox Day
20 March 2013, Wednesday
On this day the hours for day and night will be equal. This holiday was established during the Meiji period and encourages people to connect with nature.
29 April 2013, Monday
Commemorates the birthday of the Showa Emperor Hirohito.
►Constitution Memorial Day
3 May 2013, Friday
Commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of Japan on May 3, 1947.
4 May 2013, Saturday
Used to be the birthday of Showa emperor but it later got changed to a date for people to connect with nature.
5 May 2013, Saturday
Celebrates children’s growth and happiness. Special rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves will be eaten and families who have boys will fly carp-shaped streamers in front of their houses.
15 July 2013, Monday
Celebrates the many things that the ocean gives to the Japanese people.
►Respect for the Aged Day
16 September 2013, Monday
It is a day of honoring the elderly, usually someone who is older than 60. Free food and entertainment will be provided to seniors.
22 September 2013, Sunday
A day to celebrate the change in season and also a day to pay respect to the deceased.
►Health and Sports Day
24 October 2013, Monday
This holiday commemorates the Olympics that in Tokyo in the summer of 1964.
3 November 2013, Sunday
Promotes academic, culture, and arts.
►Labour Thanksgiving Day
3 November 2013, Saturday
23 December 2013, Monday