Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
In Japan, there is no Thanksgiving Day as we in the US and Canada know it. There is an ancient late-autumn harvest festival called Niinamei-sai, still celebrated at Shinto shrines. In 1948, when Japan adopted a new Constitution, significant gains were made in worker's rights. To celebrate this, November 23, the day set for Niinamei-sai, was designated as Labor Day. The current holiday as publicly celebrated focuses more on Labor and less on Niinamei-sai, but sometimes there is overlap.