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Holidays & Observances in Japan

Japan is a collection of islands in eastern Asia. Its culture maintains much of its traditional Asian spirit, but has also been highly influenced by Western culture. Religion is not extremely important to the Japanese, but most that do consider themselves religious follow Shinto, Buddhism, or some combination of the two. Buddhist holidays are widely celebrated, though they are not necessarily the most important. Many secular holidays are celebrated throughout Japan with unique traditions. For instance, both the spring and fall equinoxes are observed. Christmas is also celebrated, though very few Christians reside in Japan. Streets are decorated in Christmas themes and some secular Christmas traditions are celebrated even amongst the non-religious. This is due to the Western influence on Japan. Overall, the majority of people in Japan have a pluralistic attitude and diversity in their religious beliefs. Most hold a worldview welcoming all beliefs. 


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Autumn Equinox Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Nonreligious, Free Thought, New Age, Humanism
New Year's Eve New Year's Popular & Widely Observed
New Year's Day New Year's Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Coming of Age Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
National Foundation Day Japan National Day Public
Valentine's Day Valentine's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Lantern Festival Lantern Festival Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism
Spring Equinox Public
Shōwa Day Public
Constitution Memorial Day Memorial Day Public
Greenery Day Arbor Day / Plant a Tree Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Dragon Boat Festival Dragon Boat Festival Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism
Star Festival Popular & Widely Observed
Sea Day Public
Mountain Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed Shinto
Respect for the Aged Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed