ASK BACCHUS: What's Golden Week?

A customer asked, "Have you noticed the massive influx of tourists? Is it spring break? Ohhhh! That's right! Friday starts Golden Week…"

"I know it's a Japanese holiday, but what is Golden Week all about?"
For us it means more sexy Japanese nationals at Bacchus!

Golden Week takes place in Japan at the very end of April and lasts through the first week of May. Many people take vacations to Hawaii and generally have a great time regardless of the ensuing crowds.

We are looking forward to Golden Week at Bacchus with drink specials starting this Friday.

Golden Week is a collection of four national holidays within a week. Instead of just giving people those four holidays off, many offices end up closing for about 7-10 days, giving their employees a full week of freedom. Even if they're not given the whole week, many employees will just take time off anyway. The holiday week starts on April 29th and goes through May 5th.

April 29th was the birthday of the Showa Emperor Hirohito who died in 1989. The purpose of this holiday is to remind Japan of Hirohito's 63 years of rule and the hardships they faced during those times. This means that the day is more for reflecting on Japan's past than honoring Hirohito himself.

May 3rd is Constitution Day and, of course, this day celebrates the Constitution of Japan. It has been a holiday since the Japanese constitution came into effect on May 3rd, 1947. On this day, Japan is called to reflect on democracy and government. Sounds like a party to me!

May 4th is Greenery Day. This day is a celebration of nature. Japan is supposed to become more in tune with nature and thank mother earth for her many blessings on this day. This holiday indirectly acknowledges Emperor Akihito because he has a great love of plants. However, most people in Japan just see this as another day that keeps Golden Week going and are thankful for that.

May 5th is Children's Day. Designated as a national holiday in 1948, Children's Day is a day to celebrate children's personalities and their general happiness. The festival is also celebrated in a handful of other Asian countries as well. It was originally just for boys, but has since been expanded to include girls too. The symbol of this day is the carp, and you'll see many carp shaped flags flying around during this time.

Woo hoo! An entire week of holidays! But…

Not too many Japanese people really take notice of the individual days and are just stoked to have an entire week off from work.

Whether you live in Honolulu or you're visiting from Japan, check out Bacchus Waikiki. You'll be glad you did.

Every Tuesday is Tap Tuesday at Bacchus. Enjoy any tap beer for $2. All day. All night.

JL