The ocean is so important to every single living person on earth that there are 2 days dedicated to honouring this expansive being. The UN has dedicated the 8th of June every year to increasing awareness of the care we need to take of the ocean and its inhabitants in order to maintain the world’s eco-system; while in Japan, every third Monday of July is a public holiday to appreciate the blessings of the sea and wish for prosperity of Japan as an island nation.
Japan certainly has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the sea – from supplying them with the bulk of their diet (Japanese consume the most fish and sea products per head in the world!) to enabling them to trade with the world and thus making them an economic super power.
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So, what do most Japanese do on Ocean Day?