Greenery Day in Japan in 2025

Greenery Day in Japan in 2025
Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. Image by Walter Mario Stein , via Unsplash
  How long until Greenery Day?
Greenery Day
  Dates of Greenery Day in Japan
2025 May 4, May 6
JapanTue, May 6National Holiday (in lieu)
JapanSun, May 4National Holiday
2024 Japan Sat, May 4 National Holiday
2023 Japan Thu, May 4 National Holiday
2022 Japan Wed, May 4 National Holiday
2021 Japan Tue, May 4 National Holiday

Celebrates nature. Festivities include the planting of a tree and the planting of seeds by the Emperor and Empress

  Which regions observe Greenery Day in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  JapanMay 4
  JapanMay 6 (in lieu)

About Greenery Day

Also known as Arbor Day or 'Midori no Hi', this national holiday in Japan began life as a non-holiday. The Japanese holiday law states that a day that falls between two holidays will also be a holiday, and since this day falls between Constitution Memorial Day and Children's Day, it too is a holiday.

Until 2007, this date was known as 'In between day' and completed Golden Week. Greenery day was celebrated on April 29th, but that has changed to Showa Day. Before 1989, April 29th had been a holiday to mark the birthday of Emperor Hirohito. After his death in 1989, Greenery Day was established to honour his love for plants and nature.

The day also signifies the close relationship between land and water, key elements of nature, and therefore Greenery Day is represented by the colors green and blue. Green gained its color status during the Heian period and prior to this, it belonged to the range of color blue.

National Arbor Day is the National Land Afforestation Campaign's main event. It is attended by His Majesty the Emperor, and Her Majesty the Empress.

People come from all areas throughout Japan to participate, the event has been held each year in the spring since 1950.

The festival is jointly held by the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organisation and the hosting prefecture. The main events of the festival include The Emperor's greetings, the planting of a tree and the planting of seeds by The Emperor and Empress, commemorative tree planting by participants from both within and outside the prefecture, and the presentation of awards such as the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organisation movement poster competition.

According to the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organisation which presides over National Arbor Day, the history of the festival dates back to the Arbor Day festival which was restarted after the war, held in Tokyo in 1947 and 1948, and in 1949 in Yokohama. His Majesty the Emperor, and Her Majesty the Empress first attended in 1948.

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 depending 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.

Golden Week: A Guide to Japan's Busiest Public Holiday Season

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