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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Golden Week Japanese


Japan's Golden Week is a series of national holidays that fall on or around the end of April and the first week of May.

Many Japanese companies give their employees up to 10 days off in a row. As a result, many go on holiday either within Japan or abroad.

Today we are going to look at vocabulary related to the holiday period.

First are the common terms for the week.

ゴールデンウィーク=Golden Week

大型連休(Ogata renkyu)roughly means "big holiday in a row"

黄金週間(Ogon shukan)is "golden week" in Japanese

Next, let's look at the holidays themselves.

April 29: 昭和の日(しょうわのひ)= Showa no Hi. It is a day commemorating the reign of the Showa Emperor.

May 3: 憲法記念日(けんぽうきねんび)= Kenpo Kinen bi, or Constitution Memorial Day

May 4: みどりの日(Midori no hi)=Green Day

May 5: こどもの日 (Kodomo no hi)=Children's Day

To all, a wonderful and restful holiday.

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