Yikes! Tomorrow August the 11th, is YAMJH—Yet Another Mysterious Japanese Holiday—Mountain Day

…This year marks the first occurrence of Mountain Day (Yama no Hi, 山の日) since it is a brand-new national holiday for appreciating Japan’s mountains.

The new holiday is intended to coincide with the vacation time usually given during the Bon Festival (Japan’s Halloween-cum-return-of-spirits-of-the-dead) held in mid-August.

Learn details about the new Mountain Day at:

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    Weston in Japan

    Weston went to Japan as a missionary of the Church of England’s Church Missionary Society in 1888, working first at Kumamoto, then serving as chaplain in Kobe from 1889 to 1895. Alternating between postings to parishes in England, Weston spent a total of fifteen years in various ministries of the Anglican Church in Japan between 1888 and 1915 including service as a SPG sponsored missionary at St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Christ Church, Yokohama.
    He began mountain climbing while expressing a strong interest in Japanese landscapes, traditions, customs and culture. He published Mountaineering and Exploration in the Japanese Alps (1896). As a writer and lecturer he continued to introduce Japan to an overseas audience. He gave universal currency to the term Japanese Alps, though it was first used before he came to Japan. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Japanese Alpine Club in 1906, and became its first honorary member.
    Legacy in Japan
    Weston and Edward Bramwell Clarke are the westerners identified with the emergence of mountain climbing as a new sport in Japan. By the end of Weston’s life, some British climbers referred to him as ‘the father of mountaineering in Japan’. In 1937, Emperor Hirohito conferred on him the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasures (fourth class) and the Japanese Alpine Club erected a bronze tablet in his honour at Kamikochi in the Japanese Alps.
    The Weston Park of Mount Ena was made in October 2001. Each year on 11 May, the Weston festival at the park opens the climbing season in the Japanese Northern Alps.

  2. More mobs of people and expensive flights errrrywhere! Woohooo! (probably not a bad thing for the economy though)

  3. Pine wrote:
    More mobs of people and expensive flights errrrywhere! Woohooo! …

    Oh, I hear you your pain. I refuse to drive on Japanese holidays that are only 3 or 4 days unless I leave well after midnight and return in wee hours of the morning the one day after the end of the official holiday.


    Summer holiday gridlock on the Tomei Expressway, w00t!~


  4. sidebar-quote long Third of Japan unaware of Mountain Day as a holiday… —Japan Times
    A lot of people who don’t work as traditional salarymen or women don’t pay attention to most of the holidays since it doesn’t affect their work schedule.

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