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Japan loses last public holiday of the year, even though it’s still on the calendar

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By SoraNews24

For decades Dec 23 has been a public holiday in Japan because it was the emperor’s birthday. It was especially nice as a little final water station on the marathon working year in Japan. However, this year saw the end of that emperor’s reign and the beginning of a new era.

As a result, the public holiday will now shift from Emperor Emeritus Akihito’s birthday to that of his son Emperor Naruhito. That kind of sucks, but it’s part and parcel with the changing times. Still, many people in Japan might not realize it’s no longer a holiday because it’s still printed on many calendars (see photo above).

We can’t really blame the calendar companies for this though. At the time of this announcement, we were all so caught up in the pageantry that we had forgotten about the calendar makers who struggled with the fact that no details about holidays were confirmed as of the printing deadline.

So the National Calendar Publishing Cooperative Association made a multilateral decision to include both the former and proposed holidays on 2019 calendars. However, Heisei Emperor’s Birthday (Dec 23), Enthronement Days (April 30, May 1), and the Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden (Oct 22), all had the numbers marked in black ink rather than the standard red ink used for public holidays.

▼ Enthronement Day

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▼ Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden

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Getting this holiday plucked away certainly doesn’t feel nice. On the bright side, the current emperor’s birthday holiday isn’t too far away -- Feb 23.

Source: Cabinet Office, National Calendar Publishing Cooperative Association

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Yeah, well, Meiji and Showa are still holidays, and I would say the only people who dont realize tomorrow isnt a holiday are in a coma!

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I'm happy with the change. I always fly out of Japan around then (now), and flights tend to be cheaper and more available on working days rather than national holidays.

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I really thought that since it was a holiday for 30 years and people had become accustomed to it, they would keep it and rename the day. Now December joins June as months without any holidays.

I wonder if we will also see a decrease in the amount of money spent in December for parties etc. I think having December 23rd as a national holiday a lot of people had Christmas parties and family events, that now they won't be able to do. That was another reason I thought they might try to keep it a holiday.

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Official Notice: take the day off. You are welcome.

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I really thought that since it was a holiday for 30 years and people had become accustomed to it, they would keep it and rename the day.

I don't think they want to keep adding an extra holiday to the calendar every 30 years or so.

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I don't think they want to keep adding an extra holiday to the calendar every 30 years or so.

I think most people would actually!

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I don't think they want to keep adding an extra holiday to the calendar every 30 years or so.

Sounds like a good idea to me. People need more holidays here, and it will be many centuries before the extra holidays become excessive.

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I'm taking tomorrow off, anyway.

And, all the days after that.

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