Sports Day moved to July 23

Sports Day moved to July 23

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

This year, Japan’s Supotsu-no-hi, or Sports Day, moves from Oct. 11 to July 23 to accommodate the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games along with Ocean Day, which was moved from July 19 to July 22.

Sports Day is one of Japan’s 16 national holidays and is usually observed on the second Monday in October.

This interesting holiday was officially recognized in 1966 to commemorate the opening of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Japan’s National Holiday Act defines it as a holiday to promote sports and an active lifestyle to ensure a healthy mind and body.

On Sports Day, most communities and schools across Japan celebrate the day with a sports festival, called “Undo-kai” (field day).

During the event, children wearing team-color caps (red, white, blue and yellow) compete in traditional track and field events, along with tug-of-war, three-legged race and other events. While cheerful music is played, fathers cheer on their children and videotape the event, while mothers prepare elaborate lunches for their children at the corner of the field.

In Japan, the holiday is considered as one of the most important days for children and their family. Happy Sports Day!

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