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Dragonball’s Goku Gets His Own Japanese Holiday

It’s really shaping up to be a great year for Akira Toriyama, as the success of his Dragon Ball franchise continues (impressive for a story that technically ended years ago.) Aside from a successful 2nd film and a bunch of videogame releases, its 30th anniversary will be marked this year by May 9 being declared as Goku Day in Japan.

The declaration is not fanmade or a marketing idea, but declared by the Japan Anniversary Association itself. As for the choice of May 9 as the date, it is a pun much in the same way as Star Wars day (“May the 4th Be With You”), because the numbers 5 and 9 are pronounced as “go” and “ku” in Japanese, respectively.

The JAA did not publish any specific guides on how to celebrate Goku Day, but we’re guessing that you’re doing it right if you stand in front of your house and shout real hard until your hair turns blonde.



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