Mount Fuji is a known symbol of Japan, oftentimes depicted in art and featured in photographs. It was also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list last year. While the famous mountain, sacred to the Japanese, has all these distinctions, the honor stops there.
But a move by the Lower House is bound to change that. Last week, more than a hundred members of the House of Representatives approved a bill that would designate August 11 as “Mountain Day,” or Yama no Hi. According to the amendment, the national holiday aims “to give opportunities to get close to mountains and to appreciate the benefits of mountains.”
Japan is known for holidays that are related to nature. The holiday of Greenery Day, celebrated on May 4, is for “communing with nature and being grateful for its blessings,” while Marine Day, held on the third Monday in July, is to commemorate the blessings of the oceans and for further prosperity of the country. If the bill were to finally be approved by the Upper House, it would be the 16th national holiday celebrated in Japan, and the only one that falls in August. That would make June the only month in the calendar where Japanese employees do not celebrate a holiday.
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