This weekend sees the first day of a five-day stretch of holidays that is being dubbed in the Japanese press as "Silver Week" in reference to "Golden Week" - a similar but longer run of public holidays that fall at the end of April and the beginning of May.
Monday is Respect For The Aged Day (Keiro no hi), followed by "Between Day" on Tuesday before Autumn Equinox Day (Shubun no hi) on Wednesday.
This is the first time that a five day period of holidays has fallen in September and businesses are hoping that the holiday period will boost domestic demand for tours and hotel and ryokan bookings.
Since a change in the law in 2000 public holidays falling on a Sunday meant a day off on the Monday - the so-called "Happy Monday" and any day sandwiched between two public holidays qualifies as a day off as well.
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