Sports Day - National Holiday
October 9, 2017 N/A
Japan celebrates Health and Sports Day ('Taiiku no Hi)') on the second Monday in October.
The aim is to promote sports and an active lifestyle to ensure a healthy mind and body.
This holiday was first observed in 1966 and marked the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
To commemorate the first ever Olympic games to take place in Asia, 10 October each year was made a national holiday.
In 2000, the implementation of the 'Happy Monday' system for public holidays in Japan saw this holiday move to its current date.