Oct 09

National Sports Day in Japan~another national holiday

What caption would you choose?

Remember tug-o-war?!

Canadian’s celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday while Japan celebrated Sports Day, a national holiday on the second Monday in October. This holiday was first observed in 1966 to mark the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

To commemorate the first ever Olympic games to take place in Asia, October 10 was made a national holiday.
October is an unusually late time to hold the Summer Olympics, but was chosen to avoid the Japanese rainy season.

In celebration of this holiday, many Japanese schools, business and towns hold special Sports Day events including the three-legged race, beanbag toss, and tug-of-war. Great fun and another day off work!

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