Customs for September

Disaster drill day

Tue, 1 September: Disaster drill day

This day was established to raise awareness for disasters by learning from the Great Kanto earthquake that occurred on September 1st, 1923. This is the season for typhoons, so this day is aimed at raising anti-disaster consciousness.


Tue, 1 September: Nihyakutooka

It is the 210th day counting from the day of“Risshu”, or spring. Nihyakutooka is the season when rice plants bloom, but also the season for typhoons. Farmers become very cautious on September 1st. There are ceremonies held all over Japan to calm the winds.

Choyo no Sekku

Wed, 9 September: Choyo no Sekku

It is also called “kiku-no-sekku”. In the ancient China, odd numbers are said to bring good fortune. The day of September 9th consists of many odd numbers and is widely celebrated.

Respect for the elderly day

Mon, 2 September: Respect for the elderly day

It’s a day to celebrate and respect elders who have long been making contributions to better society. This kind of day is thought to be unique, world wide. We write letters to elders or give them gifts, which is thought to bring fortune.

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