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Greenery Day is celebrated on May 4. This is a day that has been set aside for nature appreciation.
Until 1988, April 29 was celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Showa. It was decided to keep this day a holiday even after his passing away in January 1989 and to name it Greenery Day because of the late Emperor's love of nature. In 2007, April 29 became Showa Day, and Greenery Day was moved to May 4.
On this day, commemorative plantings of trees are held around the country, as are many events that bring people closer to nature.