Respect for the Aged Day

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Okinawa, Manza Beach, September 2013

One of the reasons people in Okinawa live so long must be the great views. I was only there for a few days, but I felt like it added several years to my life 🙂

Today is 敬老の日, Respect For the Aged Day. According to this article from Okinawa, it’s been a national holiday since 1966. It started in Hyogo Prefecture, where it was known as 年寄りの日 (Old Folks Day).

Learn more about this holiday and other holidays in Japan here (you can listen as well as read).

What are you doing for the elderly people in your life today?

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