Japanese 10 Day Holiday Means We’re All Doomed…

The 10-day holiday, named the Golden Week period, is to start from April 27 to May 6. The Imperial succession is scheduled to take place during this 10 day period. This new holiday schedule has received mixed public reactions.


The travel industry is keen to take advantage of the business opportunity, while a survey indicated that those who welcome the upcoming holidays and those who do not are nearly evenly split.


This year’s Golden Week has 10 straight days off including May 1, designated as a one- off national holiday because Crown Prince Naruhito is set to rise to the throne that day.


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The number of overseas trips and reservations during the 2019 Golden Week has already tripled from the previous year. Luxury cruise ship tours are particularly popular.


Usually, Golden Week tours is generally reserved only for senior citizens as well as newlyweds on their honeymoon. This year, however, they’ve seen many reservations from corporate workers and for family trips.


Hawaii is a popular tourist spot for Japanese and Europe and many other places relatively far away from Japan are popular as travel destinations as well. The farther the better.


Many young people start konkatsu spouse-hunting activities after being told to do so by their parents during their visits back home during the holiday periods, major service provider Zwei Co. explained.


The camp where most people are displeased and disappointed said they will be busy with work amid labor shortages or with household chores because their husbands and children will be at home. The survey was taken in October 2018 and involved around 400 people.


A single parent karate instructor who is currently raising two kids is among those who are unhappy about the 10-day holiday. He wants to work but cannot due to the celebration.


Workers who are paid by the day or hour will only see their income decrease which is what has half the Japanese people in a rut.


Reference: Love it or hate it? 10-day Golden Week holiday draws mixed reactions


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