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Showa Day

Public and national holidays in Japan National Holiday in Japan

The otori gate which welcomes visitors to Miyajima, Japan

When is Showa Day?

How long until Showa Day (observed)?
This holiday next takes place in 217 Days.
Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday April 29
2018 Monday April 30
2017 Saturday April 29
2016 Friday April 29
Duration
1 Day
Local name
Shōwa no Hi
Summary
Honours the birthday of Emperor Hirohito, the reigning Emperor before, during, and after World War II

Showa Day is a Japanese public holiday held on April 29. Known in Japan as 'Shōwa no Hi', it is part of Golden Week.

Showa Day honours the birthday of Emperor Hirohito, the reigning Emperor before, during, and after World War II (from 1926 - 1989).

History of Showa Day

Traditionally the Emporer's birthday was a national holiday, and after the death of Emperor Hirohito in January 1989, April 29 was subsequently no longer celebrated as The Emperor's Birthday but instead as Greenery Day, part of Japan's Golden Week.

After many attempts since 2000, Greenery Day finally won approval to be renamed Shōwa Day in May 2005, and the decision to move the date of Greenery Day from April 29 to May 4 was taken.

The official purpose of the holiday is to reflect on Japan's Showa period when the nation recovered after the turbulent times, and to think about the country's future.

Golden Week

Showa Day is the first holiday of Golden Week. The Golden Week is a period when four national holidays fall within the space of seven days. The days which are holidays each year depend on how the holidays fall in combination with the two weekends either side of Golden Week. It has become a very popular and busy holiday season in Japan.

Holidays of Golden Week


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