The Japan Anniversary Association has recently designated December 10th as “Sorry Day” or Gomenne no hi (ごめんねの日). It is not a National holiday. The Anniversary Association register themed days throughout the year to promote the culture of Japan. Gomennne no hi is aimed at having people reflect on the years activities and consider whether they should say sorry to someone.
In Japan, people are normally quick to apologize for even the slightest thing. I often find myself saying sorry when stepping into an elevator that someone is already riding, or for throwing out the trash when I see the building supervisor. It is more of a greeting than an actual apology in most cases ^^. Apologizing is not so much an admission of guilt but more a way to show you understand others feelings in a bad situation that might have involved you.
For those of you having trouble apologizing, here are some girls from gomenne.jp to help you out.
Lets see what TV coverage this site and the “gomenne no hi” gets over the next few days or weeks.
You can buy a calendar which shows all the other days registered as official anniversary days by the Association. Other days on the calendar include:
Jan 12, Ski day (registered by Mizuno)
Feb 7, Olympic Memorial Day
the 4th Wednesday in April, International blind dog day
May 10, Cotton Day
May 23, Love Letter Day
Jun 22, Crab Day
Jun 22, Bowling Day
July 20, Hamburger Day
Aug 4, Billiards Day
Oct 17, Karaoke Culture Day
Nov 11, Jewelery Day
Nov 11, Pokky & Pritz Day (registered by Glico)
Dec 12, Kanji Day
Dec 12, Dozen Roses Day
Looks like there is room in here for some conbini action or a Rilakkuma Fan Day ^_^. Maybe we should put in application to register something.
There is a calendar and すぐに役立つ366日記念日事典 book which details the days at Amazon Japan.
What day would you like to see registered as an anniversary day? What month would you set it in?