Health and Sports Day

Japan National Holiday in Japan


When is Health and Sports Day?

How long until Health-Sports Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 16 Days.
Dates of Health-Sports Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday October 12th
2019 Monday October 14th
2018 Monday October 8th
2017 Monday October 9th
2016 Monday October 10th
Local Name
Taiiku no Hi
Japan celebrate Sports Day on the second Monday in October

Japan celebrates Health and Sports Day ('Taiiku no Hi)') on the second Monday in October.

The aim is to promote sports and an active lifestyle to ensure a healthy mind and body.

History of Health and Sports Day

This holiday was first observed in 1966 and marked the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

To commemorate the first ever Olympic games to take place in Asia, 10 October each year was made a national holiday.

In 2000, the implementation of the 'Happy Monday' system for public holidays in Japan saw this holiday move to its current date.

Did you know?

October is an unusually late time to hold the Summer Olympics, but was chosen to avoid the Japanese rainy season

In celebration of this holiday, many Japanese schools, business and towns hold special Sports Day events including the three-legged race, beanbag toss, and tug-of-war.

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