Golden Week

6 May

Right now, it’s “Golden Week” in Japan.

黄金週間 (usually referred to by the English name “Golden Week” or simply “G.W.”) is May 3 (健保記念日 (“Constitution Day”)), May 4 (緑の日 (“Greenery Day”)), and May 5 (こどもの日 (“Children’s Day”))…but just before these holidays is 昭和の日 (“Showa Day”) on April 29, so some companies give their employees the week of April 29 until May 5 off for Golden Week.

By the way, until 2006, Greenery Day was on April 29 and May 4th was called 国民の記念日 (Residents’ Day).

(If you want to read a bit more about Japan’s holidays, click here to see my summary of Japanese holidays on my FAQ page.)

This year May 4 is on a Sunday so Greenery Day is observed on Tuesday, May 6. So this year’s Golden Week is from Saturday, May 3 til Tuesday, May 6…a four day weekend.

So today’s the last day of Golden Week…tomorrow we go back to work (or school, in the kids’ case), so we’re just relaxing at home today.

Yesterday, though, we went to 原宿 (Harajuku). We knew it’d be especially crowded during the holidays…but Harajuku is where all the teenagers hang out and shop, and many stores were having sales for Golden Week so my kids wanted to go there.

Here’s a couple pictures of the famous 竹下通り (Takeshita Street)…it’s always crowded there, but it was unreal yesterday:

From there, we walked to 表参道通り (Omotesando-doori), which is like the Rodeo Drive of Japan with all the luxury brand stores. We went to the giant “Kiddy Land” toy store.

Then we got dinner and went home.

4 Responses to “Golden Week”

  1. tokyo5 September 24, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Yeah, it’s crowded…but I wouldn’t live anywhere else!

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  2. bartman905 September 24, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    According to Wikipedia, Tokyo is the most densely metropolitan city in the world – NYC came in at #4 after Seoul and Mexico City.

    See my blog post at http://bartman905.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/boy-it-is-crowded/.

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  3. tokyo5 September 23, 2008 at 1:57 am #

    Yes, I’m quite sure that Tokyo is much more densely populated than NYC!

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  4. nycpeoplewatcher September 23, 2008 at 1:37 am #

    You may have outcrowded us New Yorkers here…

    Thanks for the comment!

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