- Sat, 1 September: Disaster prevention day
- Sat, 1 September: Nihyakutooka
- Sun, 9 September: Choyo no Sekku
- Mon, 17 September: Respect for the elderly day
- Mon, 24 September: Tsukimi
Sat, 1 September: Disaster prevention day
Disaster prevention day (防災の日, bousai no hi in Japanese), 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. Many drills will take place all around the country.
Sat, 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.
Sun, 9 September: Choyo no Sekku
Also called “kiku-no-sekku”, it is Chrysanthemum day. The day of September 9th consists of many odd numbers and is widely celebrated. This tradition comes from ancient China where odd numbers were thought to bring good fortune. Read how to enjoy this day in our article: How to enjoy the Chrysanthemum festival.
Mon, 17 September: Respect for the elderly day
This day is called 敬老の日, keiro no hi in Japanese. It’s a day to celebrate and respect the elders who have long been making contributions for a better society. Japanese people write letters to their elders or give them gifts. You can read more about this tradition in our article: ‘What is respect for the elderly day?‘
Mon, 24 September: Tsukimi
Tsukimi, 月見 is literally the moon viewing day. In Japan it is both held on the 15th of august and on September 13th of the moon calendar. People admire the beautiful moon, eat rice cakes and and pray for good harvest in September and October. You can read more about this harvest moon tradition in our article: Tsukimi, ‘the Moon-Viewing’: How the Japanese Honor the Harvest Moon.