Tom (tries to) celebrate a slew of Japanese Spring holidays
By TOM DIEDERICH
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
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."