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Tom (tries to) celebrate a slew of Japanese Spring holidays

Blast Tokyo Bureau

The Japanese celebrate "Golden Week," a cluster of unrelated holidays from April 29 to May 5. Mysteriously, EVERYONE in the country believes this is a great time to travel. The highways and roads are gridlocked; the train stations and airports overcrowded.

And, needless to say, the price of everything travel-related skyrockets.

Here is a list of the holidays:

April 29: Greenery Day (Midori no Hi). This day is set aside for celebrating nature. Plant a tree, water a bush, and all that crap.

May 3: Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi). Designed to commemorate Japan's new peace constitution.

May 4: People's Holiday (Kokumin no Shukujitsu). I have no idea what this holiday is about. Sounds weird, though.

May 5: Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi). Formerly called Boy's Day, this holiday "celebrates the growth of children."