Health-Sports Day in Japan in 2019

Health-Sports Day in Japan in 2019
Stamps from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
  How long until Health-Sports Day?
This holiday next takes place tomorrow.
  Dates of Health-Sports Day in Japan
2021 Japan Mon, Oct 11 National Holiday
2020 Japan Fri, Jul 24 National Holiday
2019 Japan Mon, Oct 14 National Holiday
2018 Japan Mon, Oct 8 National Holiday
2017 Japan Mon, Oct 9 National Holiday
  Summary
Japan celebrates Sports Day to promote sports and an active lifestyle to ensure a healthy mind and body
  Local name
Taiiku no Hi

When is Health and Sports Day?

Japan celebrate 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, October 10th 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. ‘O-tama’ is also traditionally played. In this unique event, a very large ball is rolled in a relay race.

Museums that normally close on Mondays might stay open on Health Sports Day and close the following day (Tuesday).

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