From April 29th to May 5th is the usual Golden Week in Japan. This is the linking of the following holidays.
- April 29th is Showa Day. (It used to be called the Emperor’s Birthday.)
- May 3rd is Constitution Day
- May 4th is Greenery Day (This is basically a made-up holiday to connect to the next day.)
- May 5th is Children’s Day
This year is special because the 29th is a Monday and the 5th is a Sunday so Golden Week is 10 days long. The three extra days come from the Saturday and Sunday before the 29th and Monday the 6th as a replacement holiday for the 5th landing on a Sunday.
In my early days of living in Japan I saw GW written on many things. My mind quickly read George Washington and that didn’t make sense. Now I know the right meaning.
I won’t get into it here but there is also a Silver Week in September. As you can guess it is not quite as good as Golden Week.