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SILVER week and GOLDEN week
Except for students, Japanese people don't have a custom of taking long vacations. In Japan, however, there're week-long holidays 3 times a year. These holidays are the so-called "Golden Week" holidays, which runs from the end of April to the beginning of May, the "Bon" holidays, which run for a week before and after 15th-August, and the New Year's holidays, which extends from the end of December into early January.

At one stage, Japanese were criticized for being workaholics, but now it's believed they work less than Americans. The criticism of Japanese overwork is particularly speeding up the movement among newly unified bureaucrats and laborers to lessen the work hours.

"Silver Week", it’s the name of the newest grouping of holidays on the Japanese calendar.
The media have dubbed the holiday “Silver Week” in honor of the seniors who will be honored on the first national holiday of the week named "Keiro no Hi", which by quirk of the calendar falls on a Sunday this year. "Happy Monday System" enacted in 2000 dictates that any holiday that falls on a Sunday will be celebrated on the following Monday and that any day that falls between two national holidays a holiday itself .

In 2009, Silver Week holidays starts at the close of business on Friday, today(18th-September) and runs through Wednesday the 23th.



(SILVER WEEK from Wikipedia)
Silver Week is a new Japanese term applied to a string of consecutive holidays in September. In 2009, the term has gained popularity, referring to the unusual occurrence of a weekend followed by three Japanese public holidays in September. The holidays are:

* Respect for the Aged Day(Keiro no Hi), third Monday of September
* Autumnal Equinox Day(Shubun no Hi), astronomically determined, but usually September 23
* Kokumin no kyujitsu, the day in between the two other holidays




(GOLDEN WEEK from Wikipedia)
Golden Week, also known as "Ogata renkyu", is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays:

* April 29
o Emperor's Birthday, until 1988
o Greenery Day, from 1989 until 2006
o Shōwa Day, from 2007
* May 3
o Constitution Memorial Day
* May 4
o Holiday, from 1985 until 2006
o Greenery Day, from 2007
* May 5
o Children's Day, also customarily known as Boys' Day.



In Japan, there's a regulation in the Labor Standards Act that an employee can take paid holidays for more than 10 days. And it's common for those who have worked for several years to take paid holidays of more than 20 days.
However, the working environment is not always suitable for employees to take holidays, as many Japanese think they may bother their co-workers, or they may be ill spoken of by their superiors, and other reasons.

The Japanese term "Karoushi" literally means "working to death". I think many non-Japanese might find it impossible to imagine working themselves to death. The tableau of Japanese people working tooth and nail, as reflected in my imagination, has a "beautiful" aspect. However, I think Japanese who work until they drop dead are, simply, by way of contrast with most unfeeling IDIOTS.
WORK! Until you drop DEAD!?
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