Greenery Day (みどりの日 Midori no hi). As we have already told in one of our previous articles, this holiday was originally Emperor Hirohito’ s birthday and then actually was named Greenery Day. Since 2007 it is celebrated on May 4 replacing an "empty” holiday between Constitution Memorial Day and Children’s Day.
The name of the holiday itself is linked to Emperor Showa’s love of nature and environment. During his numerous trips around Japan after World War II when the Emperor came to support morally suffered families, there were organized various festivals of tree planting. Furthermore he was keen on sea biology and even published some of his research papers in this field.
Most of Japanese do not attach special meaning to this holiday. It is believed that Greenery Day is devoted to late spring when flora in Japan is blooming and turning green. This is a period of sunny weather so a lot of people have a good time outdoors with their families and friends.