Tuesday Terminology: Golden Week

Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.

This week’s topic: Golden Week

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Golden Week is a week-long set of holidays in Japan set at the end of April, beginning of May.

April 29thShowa Day (昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi?)

Showa Day honors the birth day of Showa Emperor Hirohito, the reigning emperor from 1926-1989.

May 3Constitution Memorial Day  (憲法記念日 Kenpō Kinenbi?)

Honors the declaration of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.

May 4Greenery Day (みどりの日 Midori no Hi?)

A day to commune with nature and be thankful for its blessings. Similar to Earth Day, I’d assume.

May 5 – Children’s Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi?)

A national holiday set aside to respect children’s personalities and celebrate their happiness.

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A nice set of holidays all in one week there, Japan.  I won’t go further into the minute details about each holiday.  Just at least know that it is a specific set of holidays that usually end up with more celebration and events than it lets on (store sales, festivals, etc.)  For instance, right now on Youtube Japan, each day from April 27th-May 6th, they’ve queued up live music concert streams.

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As this is an annual cultural thing for Japan, it is not surprising to see it in anime and manga.  In school life series, you’ll often see the students go on a week break specifically for Golden Week.

Also, if you haven’t noticed before, weekly manga magazines like Weekly Shounen Jump take the week off as well, but double up on pages for the issue due the week prior to Golden Week.  On rare occasions, depending on the TV network, some anime will skip or postpone their airtime due to another show that may be related to holiday events.

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