Marine Day 2012

July 16 2012 is umi-no-hi or Ocean Day in Japan.  It is a public holiday that is uniquely significant given that Japan is an island nation.  Although the holiday has a somewhat erroneous history, in modern times it marks a day for the people of Japan to think about the wealth of the sea and its importance to Japan culturally and economically, while also giving thanks for the ocean’s harvests.

Many municipalities celebrate with ocean related activities.  Northern Okinawa hosts many events and the beaches are full of family and friends.  On Kume Island, there will be a large fishing competition.  With a three-day weekend, a lot of families are trekking out to the many local beaches for barbecue, fireworks, and good times with friends.

In celebration of the day, here’s a selection of ocean photos from around Japan.