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.