Marine Day

At the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we keep enjoying summer by travelling around the Asian continent. Today we are taking you to Japan to celebrate Marine Day.

Marine Day or Umi no hi was established as a holiday to express gratitude for the gifts of the sea. The sea has played a very important role in Japanese history, mainly in Tokyo´s.

It is a national holiday since 1996. It is held on the third Monday in July, falling on Monday, July 18th this year. Until 1995, Umi no hi was celebrated on 20 July, but was changed as part of the ‘Happy Monday’ System, that created long weekends from most public holidays in Japan.

Originally, Marine Day was established in 1941 to mark the anniversary of the 1876 return of the Meiji Emperor to the Port of Yokohama on the steamboat Meiji-Maru July 20.

As it is a modern holiday, there aren´t any traditional ceremonies associated with Marine Day. During this day, Japanese people go to the beach to enjoy the sun and the sea. And ever since a couple years ago, Odaiba Beach is lit with paper lanterns, which in turn are lit up by citizen volunteers.

If you love Asia and the sea, at the luxury resort Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we offer you the perfect combo. Come celebrate Sea Day at our Asian paradise in the Mediterranean and enjoy swimming in one of our 7 outdoor pools.