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Monday, April 29, 2013

Golden Week Kyoto 2013


Golden Week is at long last upon us.

The "golden week" is a series of national holidays in Japan, which many companies use to give their exhausted employees a week or more off.

The holidays are noted below.

April 29: Showa Day (formerly Emperor's Birthday and then, until 2006, Greenery Day)

May 3: Constitution Memorial Day

May 4: Greenery Day

May 5: Children's Day (formerly Boys Day)

As one will quickly note, there are blanks in this schedule. Schools and universities do hold classes on those days; thus, many teachers and parents enjoy a rather truncated week.

Still, the dogwoods and azaleas are out, the temperature is ideal. Life is good.

We celebrated that by riding over to Sakamoto, in neighboring Shiga.


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