Mountain Day in Japan in 2019

Mountain Day in Japan in 2019
  How long until Mountain Day?
This holiday next takes place in 27 days.
  Dates of Mountain Day in Japan
2021Japan Wed, Aug 11National Holiday
2020Japan Mon, Aug 10National Holiday
2019Aug 11, Aug 12
JapanMon, Aug 12National Holiday (in lieu)
JapanSun, Aug 11National Holiday
2018Japan Sat, Aug 11National Holiday
2017Japan Fri, Aug 11National Holiday
  Summary
A new holiday to take place for the first time in 2016, celebrating the nation's mountains
  Local name
Yama no hi
  Which regions observe Mountain Day in 2019?
Japan  JapanAug 11National Holiday
Japan  JapanAug 12National Holiday (in lieu)

When is Mountain Day?

Mountain Day is also known as 'Yama no hi' and is Japan's newest public holiday.

Since 2016, it has been celebrated on 11 August. It is presumed that if 11 August falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as a holiday.

History of Mountain Day

A revision to the Law on National Holidays was enacted in a parliament session on May 23, 2014 to be enforced from January 1, 2016.

The legislation states that Mountain Day is intended is to provide “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains".

The holiday was established after the Japanese Alpine Club and other groups lobbied for the bill, arguing that Japan, where Shinto beliefs in nature have shaped the culture, should celebrate its peaks and mountains.

This is fitting as around 70 per cent of the land mass of Japan is mountainous, and activities such as hiking and skiing are popular.

11 August was chosen as the date for Mountain Day as some local authorities in mountainous regions of the country had already set that date as a day to honour their mountains. It has been said that the date is fitting as eight, written in kanji (characters used in written Japanese), looks like a mountain and that the number 11 looks like two trees.

How is Mountain Day celebrated?

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

The inaugural National Ceremony for Mountain Day will be held in the Japanese Alps at Kamikochi in Matsumoto, Nagano.

In 2016, a survey by the Japan Weather Association showed that only 68% of people were aware of the new holiday. It will take some time for Mountain Day to become established as a national holiday - in the same survey nearly 10% of people said they were not aware of Marine Day which was introduced in 1996.

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