The Japanese holidays are little treasures, and there are a lot of them. Things that are important to the country, reminders throughout the year of things that may get brushed aside in the day-to-day. It's made me a little more interested in what public holidays can say about a country, about what they deem to be important enough to warrant time from work, and perhaps reflection. The Japanese seem a little holiday happy in comparison to the Americans, but I'm happy to enjoy it by proxy. For comparison: Japanese Holidays and American Holidays.