From April 29 to May 5, commemorates various national holidays in Japan. In this period of time gives the name of Golden Week.
See this short article about this golden week.
The month of April in Japan is a month of some stress. Students begin a new year, office workers start their careers, typically this month and April is also the start of the fiscal year in Japan. So having the end of April early May a week with some holidays is really a blessing . At this week gives the name of Golden Week (ゴ ー ル デ ン ウ ィ ー ク).
It consists of the following national holidays: April 29 is the Day of Showa, May 3 is Constitution Day, May 4th is the Green Day and end on May 5 is Children’s Day.
April 29 – Showa Day (Showa no Hi)
On this day, from 2007, it is celebrated the anniversary of the Emperor Shōwa (Emperor Hirohito), who reigned between 1926 and 1989. This day is encouraged reflection in the difficult years of the Shōwa era, not only war, but especially the reconstruction of post-war taken by the Japanese end up.
May 3 – Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinembi)
This day is celebrated the entry into force of the Constitution of 19461. Unlike the Meiji Constitution, the current Constitution affirms the sovereignty of the Japanese people, and the Emperor no governing power, it is the ultimate symbol of the unity of the Japanese people. Despite this significant change, the most well-known article of the whole Constitution is Article 9 that renounces war as a sovereign right and a means of settling international disputes.
May 4 – Green Day (Midori no Hi)
Since 2007 this day is celebrated on 4 May. But previously it was celebrated together with Showa Day. This gave up because this celebration, Green Day, was related to the love of Emperor Showa for Nature. This is a day dedicated to the contemplation of nature, which are planted many trees throughout the country.
May 5 – Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi)
This is a day that is celebrated for centuries in Japan. Previously called Tango in Sekku, known as Day of the Boys abroad, became the national holiday Children’s Day since 1948. It wants to good health and a promising career for the children. The best-known symbol of this day is the pinwheel-shaped carp (Koinobori) 2, a resilient animal that according to Chinese legend, with pure willpower went up a river and a waterfall jumps to become a dragon.
Because of these holidays, Golden Week is always a week in which much is expected transit and many people to travel by train.
Picture 1 – Constitution of Japan The official manuscript of the constitution is preserved in the National Archives Above right is the page containing the preamble. Up to the middle and the left are the pages containing the imperial seal and the signatures of the emperor and government ministers Source: MOFA