What is Silver Week?

This September Japan’s Elusive Mega Holiday is occurring. So I asked myself, what exactly is “Silver Week”? We all know Golden Week but what is this rare holiday? I did some short but informative research.

Here’s a list of the holidays.

  • Respect for the Aged Day, third Monday of September

A holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens.

  • Autumnal Equinox Day, astronomically determined, but usually September 23

A day not just to mark the changing of seasons but also to pay our respects to our deceased parents, grandparents, and other family members.

  • Kokumin no kyūjitsu, the day in between the two other holidays

Japanese law stipulates that if there is only one non-holiday in between two public holidays, that day should become an additional holiday.

The media have dubbed the holiday “Silver Week” in honor of the seniors who will be honored on the first national holiday of the week. In Japanese Wasei-eigo or what I call Japanglish, “silver” is a commonly used as a polite adjective for referring to the elderly, deriving from their gray hair.

There has been much talk in Japan of moving the days to make it a permanent 5 day holiday. It’s thought that this could boost the economy. Japan already has more holidays than most other countries in the World.

With that being said, it’s an extra 5 day holiday this year so let’s enjoy! Silver Week is from September 19th to the 23rd.

This article was original written for my company newsletter.