Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
I did an Etegami (Picture Postcard) for the “Health Sports Day.”
Taiiku no hi (体育の日 / Health Sports Day) is a Japanese national holiday to honor the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. The event (from 10th to 24th October) was significant and symbolic in many ways. Just to name a few… It was the first Olympics held in Asia. And that year, Japan ranked third among the top ten nations, of which they won a total of 29 medals (i.e. 16 gold / 5 silver / 8 bronze).
Above all, according to Wikipedia, the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
celebrated Japan’s progress and reemergence on the world stage as a peaceful country. The new Japan was no longer a wartime enemy that threatened anyone, which was a transformation accomplished in less than 20 years.
Additionally, as a gesture of peace and goodwill, Japanese runner Yoshinori Sakai (坂井義則) was chosen to be the Olympic flame torchbearer responsible to light the cauldron. He was born on the day when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima (6th August 1945).
Two years after the Olympic games, 10th October became the official annual holiday known as the Health Sport Day. Then in 2000, the government changed it to every second Monday of October, so that the Japanese can have a longer weekend.
Nowadays, Taiku no hi is a day to promote sport, physical and mental health. Schools and various organizations choose to have their sport days or athletic festivals (Undokai / 運動会) around the public holiday. Usually, these sporting events are more recreational than competitive. For schools, it is more like a family day, where the parents bring along delicious bento (弁当 / lunchbox) and relax on the picnic mat while cheering their children on.