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.
Here in the US, we give thanks for the bounty of the harvest, and for family, friends, and for many of us, a long weekend!

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