Marine Day in Japan in 2020

Marine Day in Japan in 2020
The Great Wave off Kanagawa Image by Hokusai
  How long until Marine Day?
This holiday next takes place in 114 days.
  Dates of Marine Day in Japan
2022 Japan Mon, Jul 18 National Holiday
2021 Japan Mon, Jul 19 National Holiday
2020 Japan Thu, Jul 23 National Holiday
2019 Japan Mon, Jul 15 National Holiday
2018 Japan Mon, Jul 16 National Holiday
In 2020, Marine Day is moved to the eve of the Olympics Opening Ceremony
  Local name
Umi no hi

When is Marine Day?

Marine Day is a public holiday in Japan on the third Monday in July.

It is a day for the island nation of Japan to show appreciation for the seas and oceans.

Also known as Ocean Day, Sea Day or 'Umi no hi', Marine Day only became a nationally recognized holiday in Japan in 1996.

Since 2003, it has been celebrated on the third Monday in July.

Before 1996, it was known as Marine Memorial Day, and was not a national holiday.

History of Marine Day

Marine Memorial Day was established in 1941 to mark the anniversary of the 1876 return of the Meiji Emperor to the Port of Yokohama, on the two-masted topsail schooner Meiji-Maru, from a tour of the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions.

Did you know?

Meiji-Maru was built in Scotland and is the oldest iron ship in Japan.

The day was also established as a holiday to express gratitude for the gifts of the sea, honour its importance, and pray for the prosperity of Japan as a maritime nation.

Originally the holiday was held on 20 July, but was changed as part of the 'Happy Monday' reforms to holidays that created long weekends from most public holidays in Japan.

How is Marine Daycelebrated?

As it is a modern holiday, there are no particular traditional ceremonies associated with the day.

However, in celebration of Marine Day all the national aquariums organize special events, water sports competitions, water shows, and cultural activities relating to the sea take place.

Many people take advantage of this summer holiday to have a rather fitting day out at the beach.

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