Health and Sports Day, Japan

Health and Sports Day, Japan

Health and Sports Day (Taiiku no hi), Japan

 

Celebration Date
2nd Monday in October
Other Name
Health-Sports Day or Sports Day
Holiday Type
National Holiday

 

Health and Sports Day (Taiiku no hi), also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day, is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October.

It commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle.

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What is sports day?

Sports Day, more formally known as “Health and Sports Day”, was started in 1966 to promote health and community spirit. It was started only 2 years after the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. In Japan, the summer season is very wet, first with the rainy season in June and July, then a very humid and muggy August, followed by typhoon season in September. So the Japanese government decided to hold Sports Day in October to avoid the summer heat and humidity. Sports Day is usually held the 2nd weekend of October, and the 2nd Monday is a national holiday.

 

History of Health and Sports Day

The first Health and Sports Day was held on October 10, 1966, two years after the 1964 Summer Olympics. October was chosen for the unusually late Summer Olympics to avoid the Japanese rainy season, and Health and Sports Day continues to be one of the fairest days of the year. Health and Sports Day Official name Health and Sports Day Also called Health-Sports Day Sports Day Observed by Japan Type National Significance commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Date Second Monday in October 2017 date October 9 2018 date October 8 2019 date October 14 2020 date October 12 Frequency annual year Health and Sports Day (Taiiku no hi), also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day, is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the

opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle. History and current practice A cycling event for Health and Sports Day in 2011 near the city of Nihonmatsu, Fukushima The first Health and Sports Day was held on October 10, 1966, two years after the 1964 Summer Olympics.

There is sometimes a local marching band providing music. Once the parade has gone around the field and lined up in the middle, the band will

play Kimigayo and the Japanese flag will be raised. Local officials will make speeches welcoming everyone. Often everyone will spread out across the grounds for group stretching (this stretching routine was developed by the government and is done daily by many Japanese people the stretching routine music is broadcast daily on the radio and TV). Then it is time to start the events. 

 

 

 

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