Login/Sign up
Post Noah Rich Sends Mountain Day Greetings from Japan
Created by John Eipper on 08/23/17 3:41 AM

Previous posts in this discussion:

Post

Noah Rich Sends Mountain Day Greetings from Japan (John Eipper, USA, 08/23/17 3:41 am)

Noah Rich writes:

It's been a long time since I've made a contribution to WAIS and I haven't had much time to follow a lot of the discussions currently going on. I just moved to Japan at the beginning of the month and am still getting settled in.

However, about a week and a half ago Japan had a national holiday, "Mountain Day." Its first year of celebration was in 2016 (only a 2-year-old holiday), after being decided in 2014. The Japanese Alpine Club, one of the holidays biggest supporters as it was being decided on, said that the holiday is to provide "opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains."

When I spoke with my coworkers about what I should do on the holiday, they said silly things like, "Maybe you can look to the west and appreciate Mt. Fuji for a couple of minutes." (I'm in Saitama.) What a laugh! I thought to myself, "Oh boy, only in Japan." But surely there must be other somewhat silly national holidays across the world where other WAISers live, no?

So I ask all those out in WAISworld, what kind of odd holidays do countries you've been to celebrate?

JE comments:  Readers will remember our friend Noah Rich, who recently graduated from Ohio University in Athens.  During his undergraduate days, Noah was a research assistant of WAIS stalwart Robert Whealey.  Noah is also the world citizen par excellence, having studied in Catalunya as an exchange student, and now living in Japan.  Tell us about your new gig, Noah!

As for holidays, August 23rd is Buttered Corn Day, as well as two days laden with gravitas:  European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, and the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.  The latter event marks the date in 1791 when enslaved Haitians first rebelled against their European oppressors.

This is a lot of heavy remembering.  I'll make sure I eat some buttered corn tonight.


SHARE:
Rate this post
Informational value 
Insight 
Fairness 
Reader Ratings (0)
0%
Informational value0%
Insight0%
Fairness0%

Visits: 144

Comments/Replies

Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

  • Waldchestag and Other German Holidays (John Heelan, UK 08/23/17 1:55 PM)
    Noah Rich asked on 23 August: "So I ask all those out in WAISworld, what kind of odd holidays do countries you've been to celebrate?"

    When we lived near Frankfurt, we enjoyed Wäldchestag, when work stopped at midday and everybody went for a pleasant walk in the woods. Another odd holiday in Bavaria was at the end of Fasching-Rosmontag, held on Shrove Tuesday the day before Lent begins. Studying "Carnival" in various countries, the ritual and mores of Fasching itself--and Rosmontag in particular--fascinated me. One of the rituals on that day (in Munich anyway) is that any man wearing a tie is likely to be confronted by a woman wielding a pair of scissors with which she cuts off the loose end of the tie. It always seemed to me a symbolic castration of males before the start of Lent.


    (Don't get me started on Spanish pre-Lenten carnival rituals and "The Burial of the Sardine"!)


    JE comments: My tie (I'm back at the College now) cringes as I edit this!  (It's kind of old and ugly anyway.)


    Remember folks:  Buttered corn tonight.


    Please login/register to reply or comment:


  • Greetings to Noah Rich (Robert Whealey, USA 08/24/17 8:06 AM)
    A greeting to my student Noah Rich. I am still in Athens and I am still trying to edit my memoirs.

    I have never been to Japan. I still remember my reaction to the dropping of the two atomic bombs. The Far East was one of my teaching fields on my PhD General Exams (orals) taken in April 1959.


    Keep thinking.


    JE comments:  Keep thinking.  Love it.  It's a stunningly accurate embodiment of the WAISly ideal.  Can we make it our second motto after Pax/Lux/Veritas?


    Robert:  Please send us a sample chapter of your memoirs.  How about your memory of August 1945?  If my memory serves, you were fifteen at the time.  Was there general jubilation in the US?  Horror about the thousands of victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?  Anxiety at the dawn of the Atomic Age?  All of the above?

    Please login/register to reply or comment:


Trending Now



All Forums with Published Content (38931 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications

Economics

Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy

Education

Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series

History

Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust

Nations

Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire

Politics

Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US

Religion

Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)

Travel

Geography Maps Tourism Transportation

WAIS

1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who