Category Archives: Travel

Sea Day (Umi No Hi)

Marine Day (海の日, Umi no Hi), also known as “Ocean Day” or “Sea Day”, is a Japanese national holiday usually celebrated on the third Monday in July. In 2020, the holiday will be observed on Thursday, July 23. The purpose of the holiday is to give thanks to the ocean’s bounty and to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan as an island nation.

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Japan Sports Day

Health and Sports Day (体育の日, 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 The first Health and Sports Day was held on October 10, 1966, two years after the 1964 Summer Olympics. October was chosen

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Star Festival (Tanabata)

Tanabata (Japanese: たなばた or 七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”), also known as the Star Festival (星祭り Hoshi matsuri), is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar

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July Weather in Japan

City Average Daytime High Average Nighttime Low Rainy/Snowy Days Early Month Late Month Sunny Days Early Month Late Month Sapporo 25 C (77 F) 17 C (63 F) 25% 25% 40% 45% Tokyo 29 C (84 F) 23 C (73 F) 35% 30% 30% 40% Takayama 29 C (84 F) 19 C (66 F) 55% 40% 35% 50% Osaka 31 C (88 F) 24 C (75 F) 40% 25% 45% 60% Fukuoka 31 C (88 F) 24 C (75 F)

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Independence Day in the Philippines

Independence Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. What do People do? Independence Day is a day when many people, including government officials, employees, and students, participate in nationwide parades.  However, the main highlight is the police and military parade in Manila headed by the country’s

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Naliyagan Festival

Naliyagan Festival is Agusan del Sur’s province-wide festivity which coincidentally starts on June 12 which is the Philippine Independence Day and culminates on the Foundation Anniversary on June 17. Incepted in 1993 during the incumbency of the late Gov. Democrito O. Plaza, the festival is recognition of the Manobo people’s loyalty to their tribal leader Datu Lipus Makapandong. In 1993,

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Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival

The Pintados Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed “pintados” warriors. In 1986, the Pintados Foundation, Inc. was formed by the people of Tacloban to organize this festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño. Years later, it was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival which is always held on June 29. History “Pintados,” or “painted people,” is a

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Torigoe Matsuri

The Torigoe Matsuri is an annual festival in Tokyo known for being loud, lively, and intense. The main event that most people look forward to is when the largest omikoshi, portable shrine, is carried and paraded through the street. Occasionally fights to break out over who gets to carry the omikoshi due to it being considered good luck to carry it.

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June Weather in Japan

June is the start of summer in Japan. Average temperatures are high, and so are humidity levels, although not as intense as they’ll become in July and August. Average highs across most of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku sit in the high 70s and low 80s F (25-27° C), and overnight lows are not significantly lower. The humidity in many parts

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