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Golden Week (Gōruden Wīku), often abbreviated to simply GW and also known as Ōgon shūkan ( "Golden Week") or Ōgata renkyū ( "Large consecutive holiday") is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays:

April 29

   Emperor's Birthday (Tennō tanjōbi), until 1988
   Greenery Day (Midori no hi), from 1989 until 2006
   Shōwa Day (Shōwa no hi), from 2007

May 3

   Constitution Memorial Day ( Kenpō kinenbi)

May 4

    Holiday (Kokumin no kyūjitsu), from 1985 until 2006
    Greenery Day (Midori no hi), from 2007

May 5

    Children's Day (Kodomo no hi), also customarily known as Boys' Day (Tango no sekku)


    The National Holiday Laws, promulgated in July 1948, declared nine official holidays. Since many were concentrated in a week spanning the end of April to early May, many leisure-based industries experienced spikes in their revenues. The film industry was no exception. In 1951, the film Jiyū Gakkō, recorded higher ticket sales du…


Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
One of my favorite things about this time of year is making goodies to share with family and friends. These chocolate peppermint truffles are amazing. Truly. And, they are so incredibly easy. Please note that my chocolate peppermint truffles are not healthy…in any sense of the word. Sometimes you just have to let go and splurge on a little junky deliciousness.

Drool. I need to make these in several batches over the next few weeks…as well as other holiday treats to share! Print This Recipe Chocolate Peppermint Truffles1 8 ounce cream cheese, softened1 15-16 ounce package mint filled chocolate sandwich cookies8-10 ounces white almond bark {for dipping}1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract1 cup chocolate chips, melted {for drizzling}Crushed candy canes, cocoa powder, finely chopped nutsIn a food processor, pulse until sandwich cookies are a fine powder. Add cream cheese by spoonfuls to the sandwich cookie mixture and pulse until well combined. Use a 1″ melon baller  or …