Shōwa Day

Today, document.write(“”); April 29, is Sh?wa Day (???? / Sh?wa no hi) in Japan. This holiday celebrates the birthday of the Sh?wa Emperor (Hirohito, father of the current emperor, Akihito, who “ruled” over Japan from 1926 to 1989). Because of the emperor’s role in the war and the fear it would be seen as glorifying the emperor himself, the holiday was controversial and ceased to be celebrated for a while (1989–2006). It was finally reinstated with the idea that it would rather “encourages public reflection” on the turbulent reign of the emperor.
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Sh?wa Day also marks the beginning of the
Golden Week (?????????), which is one of the three week-long holidays of the Japanese calendar. Besides Sh?wa Day or the Emperor’s Birthday (????? / Tenn? tanj?bi), it also includes the Constitution Memorial Day (????? / Kenp? kinenbi on May 3rd), the Greenery Day (????? / Midori no hi on May 4) and the Children’s Day (????? / Kodomo no hi on May 5).

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