Here in Japan, Mountain Day began just two years ago as a way to encourage residents to get out and explore Japan’s beautiful mountains. Mount Fuji’s Yoshida Trail, seen in this photo, is open only a short time every year, so it might be busy today. If Fuji, or any mountain, is beyond your reach, consider the seasonally appropriate ‘forest bath’ as an alternative. In Japan, a forest bath is a form of nature therapy, with no undressing, soap, or water required. Simply go to a wooded area and relax, soaking in the clean air and natural sounds as you calm your thoughts. (Is it working yet?)
Start date: Aug 11, 1965
End date: Aug 16, 1965
Burning buildings during the riots
Also on this day,
1973 | DJ Kool Herc’s Bronx party kick-starts hip-hop music
Clive ‘Kool Herc’ Campbell is throwing a party in the rec room of his South Bronx, New York, apartment building and he plays dance music on the ‘Merry Go Round,’ two manually-controlled turntables. It’s a great success, and DJ Kool Herc will be hailed by many as the father of hip-hop.1973 | ‘American Graffiti’ cruises into theaters
Writer/director George Lucas takes moviegoers back to the early 1960s with stories of drive-ins, high-school sock hops, and cruising the strip. The cast includes Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Mackenzie Phillips, and Cindy Williams, as well as a cameo from another future TV star.2016 | Japan first celebrates Mountain Day
A law passed two years earlier takes effect, and Mountain Day is an official holiday in Japan. The idea came from hiking groups who wanted a holiday to celebrate the country’s terrain and geography. This date (8/11) was chosen since the Kanji character for 8 looks like a mountain, and 11 looks like two trees.
Founded: Nov 09, 1918
Population: 62.41 million (1925)
Area: 181,000 sq miles (468,787 km²)
Official language: German
Map of the German Reich, (Republic of Weimar/Third Reich) 1919–1937
Why ostriches on Father’s Day? Because male ostriches are more involved in the care and rearing of their young than many other wild animals. At night, the expectant ostrich dad sits on the eggs in the nest, his black plumage camouflaging him from predators. When the chicks hatch, papa ostrich teaches them how to forage for food and is their primary protector. Way to go, ostrich dad! We hope at least one of those baby ostriches remembers to call you today.
I hope that you all have a wonderful new year and a chance to make 2018 a happy, healthy and prosperous year for yourselves and others. I hope that any bad experience from this year does not follow you and that you can let go of any harm that held you back and start fresh with a new outlook and hope for the better.