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Mountain Day 2020: Google Doodle celebrates Japan’s Yama no hi

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Google Doodle celebrates Japan’s Mountain Day 2020, is otherwise called ‘Yama no hi (山の日) 2020’, and is Japan’s newest public holiday, on August 10, 2020.

Japan is well known for its various mountains. Just about 75% of Japan is mountainous, and every one of the primary islands has a mountain range running through it. Mount Fuji (3,776 m) is the highest mountain in Japan, one of the nation’s “Three Holy Mountains”, and one of the most recognizable symbols of Japan. Other prominent mountains incorporate Mount Kita, Mount Hotaka, Mount Yari, Mount Tate, Mount Haku, and Mount Kumotori. Some of them are active volcanoes.

The campaign to have a Mountain Day was started by tourist and nature security associations, including the Japanese Alpine Club, and supported by legislator Seishiro Eto. The legislation expresses that the primary objective of the new public holiday is to give “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.”

This holiday was ordered by parliament on May 23, 2014, to be powerful beginning the year 2016. The primary push for the holiday originated from the Japanese Apline Club expressing that Shinto convictions are formed in nature as well as the mountains.

It was first declared in 2014 and first celebrated in 2016. It happens every 11 August and is intended to honor the mountainous landscape and ecosystems of Japan’s islands and the antiquated cultural traditions that are associated with that geography. As an extraordinary arrangement for the 2020 Summer Olympics, the 2020 date for Mountain Day was moved to August 10.

The reason for the day is for individuals to welcome the mountains and to become more acquainted with all the favors mountains offer.

In 2016, a review by the Japan Weather Association indicated that only 68% of individuals knew about the new holiday. It will require some time for Mountain Day to get built up as a national holiday – in a similar review almost 10% of individuals said they didn’t know about Marine Day which was presented in 1996.

The United Nations observes a day for International Mountain Day on December 11th every year.

Many view symbolism in the August 11 date, as the Japanese character for 8—八—takes after the sides of a mountain, and the numeral 11 seems as though two trees, as showed in the Google Doodle artwork.

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Dan Zinman started his career as an astronomer and college professor and quickly expanded into popularizing the understanding of science and scientific discovery. He did this through writing books, essays, and articles. He is contributing by writing news articles for timebulletin.com.