Sociology Index

Social Customs And Traditions In Japan

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Japan's Family Customs - The rise and diversity of vacations
In Japan holidays occur one after another during Golden Week, from the end of April to the beginning of May. Holidays also occur  for New Year and the middle of August for Bon festival.

Vacations are concentrated during these three periods. Travel abroad during this period reaches a peak at international airports such as Narita New Tokyo International Airport. Taking annual vacations has become an accepted company policy even taking days off has now become easier.

An amendment of the Labor Standard Law, carried out in April 1997, implemented a 40-hour week. When the holiday stretches to 3 or more days activities in the areas of self-enrichment including family communication increases.

Based on the activities and polled opinions of those 15 years and older, the shorter the holiday, the more one indulges in pastimes like gambling. When the holiday is 2 to 3 days long, gambling decreases and activities such as driving, enjoying the outdoors and outdoor sports increase.

ELECTRO-LEISURE
Karaoke, animation, computer game software and pachinko have become popular. With the shift to economy travel, these types of leisure are expected to become even more popular. Karaoke is a Japanese invention that has been sweeping the world. A song is selected and played. People sing into a microphone equipped with echo effects to the selected song.

TRADITIONAL LEISURE
Horse racing the gambling favorite to flourish on a par with pachinko. The betting tickets sold by the Japan Racing Association, have been marking profits yearly.

Go is played by 2 players. The objective of capturing the opponent's stones and covering the board with one's own stone color. Shogi resembles chess, the 2 players face each other. The objective being to capture the opponent's king.

Japan's Society Celebrations
On Shogatsu, the New Yeart Japanese will write resolutions for the year to come and follow the tradition of thanking the gods who oversee the harvests and for ancestral spirits who protect the family. There are special days for celebration all throughout the year from religious  to just fun without any special significance. Celebrations include those that take place in the night during summer.