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Han-don (半ドン – Half-holiday)

  • Han-don


    The Japanese term han-don (半ドン) describes a day when classes or business ends before noon and the rest of the day is off.

    Since han (半) means “half,” and don (ドン) comes from the Dutch “Zondag,” meaning “Sunday,” the literal meaning of han-don is “half Sunday.”
    「半」は “half”、「ドン」は「日曜日」を意味するオランダ語 “Zondag” から来ているので、「半ドン」の文字どおりの意味は “half Sunday” となります。

    In the past, in Japan, it was common for schools and companies to have Saturday afternoons off, and han-don was almost synonymous with “Saturday.”

    However, the five-day workweek system has recently become widespread, and the term han-don is gradually becoming obsolete.

    Incidentally, in the Netherlands and some European countries, the four-day workweek (a three-day weekend) system is being introduced.

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