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Monday, July 18, 2005

Umi no hi

Today is Umi no hi the third Monday in July, which can be translated as Ocean Day, or Sea Day, or Marine Day.

This is a fairly recent National Holiday, first beginning in 1996. Aquariums and other water-related attractions in Japan put on special events and lots of water sports take place.

Never missing an opportunity to espouse the Imperial cause, the government chose this date because it is the anniversary of the return by boat of the Meiji Emperor from a trip to Hokkaido in 1876.

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