September 8, 2017

Silver Week

September holidays in Japan

If it seems like there is a holiday in Japan every month, you are not far off the mark (June does not currently have any public holidays). Indeed, Japan has sixteen official public holidays, which is quite generous compared to the eleven days in the United States and France.

The phrase “Silver Week” is said to have gained popularity in 2009 when two September holidays were aligned so that the sandwiched day became a holiday per the Citizen’s Holiday (kokumin no kyūjitsu) law to become a string of five days off when combined with the weekend.

“Indeed, Japan has sixteen official public holidays, which is quite generous compared to the eleven days in the United States and France.”

Though the next Silver Week of five consecutive holidays won’t be until 2026, here is a brief rundown of this year’s national holidays. Respect for the Aged Day, which falls on the third Monday of September is September 18 this year. Designated a holiday in 1966, this is quite a self-explanatory holiday, especially in a country with such a high percentage of elderly citizens. September’s second holiday is the Autumnal Equinox, but unfortunately for workers, the equinox falls on a Saturday this year. Only nine more years until our next Silver Week!