Fall is a time of year that is especially treasured in Japan, as the clear blue sky chases away the heavy summer heat and replaces it with cool, crisp weather. It is an excellent time for athletic activities, as evidenced by the common Japanese phrase sports no aki or "fall, a season for sports."
The Tokyo Olympic Games of 1964 took place during autumn, with the opening ceremony held on October 10th. This day* was memorialized as an annual holiday, "Health and Sports Day," in honor of athletic activities that nurture healthy bodies and minds.
In fall, the National Sports Festival and many other athletic events take place all over the nation, aimed at students, general workers, and others. Also,in the autumn many educational institutions nationwide many educational institutions nationwide from kindergartens through high schools hold all-day sporting events involving the entire student body. The spirit of sports no aki can be experience in numerous ways at this time of the year.
With Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, sports fever has once again gripped Japan. This fall should see an increase in people imporving their physical fitness.
*The date of "Health and Sports Day" was later changed to the second Monday of October.