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Japans Top 4 Nature-Inspired Holidays

Japans Top 4 Nature-Inspired Holidays
Japan's appreciation of nature is reflected through their numerous national holidays and celebrations for nature and its importance to the nation's survival. Here are four of the best nature-inspired holidays.

Beginning of spring (Setsubun) 3rd February 2016
Setsubun is the day before the first day of spring, according to the old Japanese calendar and is celebrated throughout the country. Traditionally, soybeans are thrown around the house to cast out oni (bad spirits). 

Greenery Day (Midori no hi) 4th May 2016
Greenery Day is a day dedicated to appreciating nature. Originally celebrating Emperor Showa's birthday, Greenery Day was established to honour his love for the environment. 
Trees are planted across the country and events are held to bring people closer to the natural world.

Marine Day (Umi no Hi) 18th July 2016
Japan is made up of over 6,000 islands, so it's no wonder they set aside a holiday for the ocean. 
Marine Day is a day to give thanks to the ocean's abundance, which has supported the nation's economy for hundreds of years, as well as reflect upon the importance of the ocean and pray for the continuation of Japan's marine success. The day is associated with the first day of summer and people flock to the beach to enjoy the start of the season. 

Mountain Day 11th August 2016
Mountain Day was first celebrated in 2014, for Japanese citizens to become familiar with mountains and appreciate their blessings. Japan is famous for its breathtaking mountains. The most well-known, Mount Fuji is an active volcano, west of Tokyo.

Celebrate these amazing holidays at home with friends. With Asian Home Gourmet, you can create authentic Japanese dishes at home with our range of authentic Japanese flavours. 


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