Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

Umi no Hi

Today is Umi no Hi (海の日), or Marine Day, in Japan.  It’s a national holiday that celebrates the oceans and Japan’s maritime prosperity.  As we all know, Japan is an island country and relies on the oceans for much of its trade.  I live near Yokohama, which is famous for its port.  Yokohama has often had a celebration around Marine Day with fireworks, though that hasn’t always happened as planned.  In 2009, they were held on August 1st.  I took several videos of them 3 years ago, which you can watch here.

This year’s Marine Day for me involved going to work.  That’s about it.  I’m hoping to go to a festival this summer, though.

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