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September 20th – Bus Day

Posted in Places by tokyobling on September 20, 2014

The first bus to ever run in Japan in was in Kyoto, on the 20th of September 1903. The busline ran from the street crossing near Horikawa Nakatachiuri over to Shichijo and ended in Gion. To commemorate this important development in Japanese civic life, September 20th has been named Bus Day (basu no hi). On this days buses are decorated with special flags, like these buses I saw in Tokyo’s Nezu district last year. There are also many special bus events taking place around the country. If you are interested in buses, or more likely, you have kids that like them, today is your busy day!

By the way, photographing the “displays” of the buses is really difficult, as the lights of the displays flutter at a speed that looks good to the eye but looks terrible in digital photograph. You can trick it by using a very slow shutter speed, but then you get a blurry photo if the bus is moving or you shoot without a stand or tripod. The second photo is a montage of a slow and fast photo. Sorry for ‘shopping!

Japan has any numbers “days” to commemorate something, some of them are annual, some are even monthly! I used to be surprised at the number of special days but not anymore. Personally I enjoy October 1st as it is Coffee Day. It also happens to be the day to celebrate Stamps (the ink kind, not the letter one), Sake (the Japanese kind), Glasses, which relates to Design and also Assistive Technology, International Music, and finally the perfect combo of Perfume and aftershaves, and Septic Tanks!

If you can read Japanese, you can enjoy checking out what is celebrated on your birthday for example!

And for activity tips, there are festivals in Nezu Shrine and Akagi Shrine this weekend.




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  1. Junko said, on September 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Great photos! I love Japanese buses! They are so convenient. I’ve also come to appreciate their excessive announcement of the approaching stops after riding buses in other countries where such service is non existent and I was in constant fear of missing my stops.

    So many special days in Japan, almost everyday has something! Yeei, my birthday falls on Good Teeth Day. My mother will be happy to know that as she took so much pains to give me good strong teeth before and after I was born.


    • tokyobling said, on September 24, 2014 at 5:34 am

      Oh yes, I have never missed a stop here in Japan! I try to use buses as much as possible in Tokyo. It is so much nicer to have something to look at while traveling!


  2. rudyhou said, on October 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    october 1st is a single day to celebrate so many things? i would have liked that ‘coffee day’, which coincide with ‘sake day’. i think i need to live in japan 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on October 15, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Coffee days used to be bigger many years ago, these days coffee is taken for granted to special marketing campaigns are not really necessary! (^-^)


      • rudyhou said, on October 24, 2014 at 9:35 am

        i can only assume certain places may offer discounts on coffee on that special day. or at least comes up with a different take on the menu using coffee.


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