Showa Day

Tuesday this week, April 29, was the Japanese holiday known (now) as Showa Day.

Why did I say “now”? Originally, April 29 was celebrated at The Emperor’s Birthday in honor of Emperor Hirohito (also known as Emperor Showa). When he passed away in 1989, the holiday was changed to Greenery Day. Then in 2005, after many years of failed attempts, the holiday was changed to Showa Day; a day to reflect on the resilience of the people during the turbulent 63 years of his reign (not a celebration of the Emperor himself).

Now, don’t feel bad for Greenery Day, it was simply moved from April 29 to the first week of May.

As for us, we spent Showa Day walking across the Rainbow Bridge, taking a water-bus through the canals of Tokyo, and enjoying an izakaya lunch in Asakusa.

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