Marine Day is a japanese national holiday. We give thanks to the ocean’s bounty on that day.
The holiday has its origin in the fact that the Meiji Emperor sailed from Hokkaido to Yokohama on a steamship, the Meiji-maru, on his return trip from an imperial tour of the Tohoku Region in 1876.
Marine Day is a holiday established in 1996 as Japan’s 14th national holiday.
Originally held on July 20, since the 2003 amendment of the National Holidays Law, it has been celebrated on the third Monday in July.
The law defines Marine Day as a holiday celebrated in the hope of prosperity for the maritime nation of Japan, as well as a day of thanks for the blessings of the sea.