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I make it a point to introduce Japanese customs or traditions of the month when I write about monthly event information but September……it may be the most peaceful but boresome month of the year.
This time, I bring up a Japanese peculiar holiday, “Respect-for-Senior-Citizens Day”. The holiday originally came on September 15 but according to the law amendment called “Happy Monday”, it was shifted to the third Monday of September. That is, September 20 falls upon it this year. There are some hypotheses about its origin. The most elementary theory is like this：
In a small village, a mayor opened a drinking party on September 15 every year after harvest season. This drinking party had a profound meaning for young people. To carry on the senior’s knowledge, to respect seniors and to celebrate seniors to make the village better. The custom became prevalent in most part of Japan and in 1966, Sep 15 was designated as a national holiday.
Now, here is the event information in September.
|Mitsuke-Tenjin Hadaka Festival||Sep 11 – 12||Iwata City|
|Izu Peninsula Taiko Festival||Sep 11||Matsuzaki Town|
|Shimada Mage Festival||Sep 19||Shimada City||Shizuoka Odakkui Festival||Sep 18 – 19||Shizuoka City|
|Atami Marine Fireworks Display||Sep 20||Atami City|
|Ise-Ebi Lobster Festival||Sep 15 – Dec 20||Higashiizu Town|
|Sep 20 – Nov 30||Kawazu Town|
|Sep 20 – Dec 20||Shimoda City|
|Sep 20 – Dec 20||Minamiizu Town|
|Oct 01 – Dec 20||Izu City|
|Mid-Sep – Oct 31||Numazu City|
|Sep 20 – Nov 30||Matsuzaki Town|
Ise-Ebi Lobster Festival is, to be exact, not a festival but a service for the fishing season of Ise-Ebi Lobster. Enjoy your stay in Izu Area and taste the luxurious dinner.
Enjoy your September !