Why is this week Golden?
The Golden week is almost over. Most of the employees will get back to work. Students will get back
to school. Parents will wake up early to prepare for their children. But what do we need to understand
about this holiday and why is it GOLDEN?
As we all know, Japanese work hard. They work longer hours. In spite of their law, it isn’t unusual for
them to work more than 60 hours per week. They even had this episode in their country known as
KARO-SHI or death from overwork. What is Karo-shi? This is where employees spontaneously drop dead from extreme tiredness.
So this week is known to be GOLDEN because this is the only time where Japanese take their time off
from work for them to be able to relax and take a rest.
What do most Japanese do during these days? Most of the families go out and spend time with their families.
Some foreigners come visit Japan to experience how fun it is to go to Japan during the Golden week.
It is indeed a busy week for Japanese. So what are you waiting for? Plan for your next trip to Japan next year
and experience the Golden week.
FACT OR TRIVIA?
The Golden Week is one of Japan’s three busiest holiday seasons aside from New Year’s eve and the Obon Week.
And since it is one of the busiest days, people expect long queues and terrible traffic jam.
1. GOLDEN: colored or shining like gold; very important; very favorable
Example: The GOLDEN week is one of the busiest holidays in Japan.
2. EPISODE: an event or a group of events occurring as part of a larger sequence; incident
Example: The episode of Karo-shi in Japan was reported to the CNN news today.
3. EXTREME: reaching high or the highest degree; very great
Example: I did a lot of work yesterday that led me into experiencing an extreme tiredness.
written by Mentor Justine