It is a day set aside to appreciate nature, to commune with it and to be thankful for its blessings. It is celebrated annually on May 4 and is part of the Golden Week Holidays. This national holiday used to celebrate the birthday of Emperor Showa until 1989. When Emperor Akihito ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne, the holiday was then changed to Greenery Day. Also, to acknowledge Emperor Hirohito’s love for plants.
Tree planting ceremonies and events that signify the beauty of nature are held all over Japan.