Roll back to a couple of months earlier, and you see a mad rush in domestic order production and the import of luxury goods. The orders for exports are controlled so as to allow priority for domestic orders to be completed and sent out to the shops before the holidays start as Golden Week sees the major shopping areas packed with people eager to spend their wages on a bit of retail therapy. In the week before Golden Week, it is like a whistle is blown and everyone puts their tools down and turns their machines off in unison. Ships sail away empty, planes carry more passengers and their bags than commercial cargo and the creaking, overloaded cargo train carriages sit silently empty. Then suddenly, the holiday ends as if that proverbial whistle is blown and the wheels of work go from zero to 100mph in 60 seconds.