Emperor’s 80th birthday

20 Dec

This is another three-day-weekend in Japan.
Monday, December 23rd is 「天皇誕生日」 (“The Emperor (of Japan)’s birthday”).

The Emperor will turn 80 years old on Monday!

When I participated in the 「深川八幡宮水かけ祭り」 (Fukugawa-Hachiman-gu Water-throwing Festival) in August 2012, I passed in front of the Emperor and Empress who had come to watch the festival.

In Japan, Christmas isn’t a legal holiday. It’s a regular working day.
But the Emperor’s birthday is a holiday…almost everyone has the day off.

The Emperor of Japan greets the public at the palace grounds twice a year. On his birthday and on January 2nd.
These are the only two days a year that the public are permitted into the inner palace grounds.

2 Responses to “Emperor’s 80th birthday”

  1. ddupre315 December 21, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    I bet that gets crowded! A friend and I are heading to Tokyo Midtown today to check that out, I hear it’s pretty crowded but worth the trip. Can’t wait to see the illuminations.


    • tokyo5 December 21, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Yes, when the Emperor greets the public twice a year it’s very crowded.
      I went once some years ago.

      It’s a three-day-weekend just before xmas … so all xmas illuminations in Tokyo will be crowded.


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