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Labor Thanksgiving Day

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Labor Thanksgiving Day 勤労感謝の日, Kinrō Kansha no Hi is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on November 23 The law establishing the holiday cites as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks

Events are held throughout Japan, one such being the Nagano Labor Festival The event encourages thinking about the environment, peace and human rightscitation needed

It is not unusual for early grade elementary students to create drawings for the holiday and give them as gifts to local kōbans, or police stations


  • 1 History
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Labor Thanksgiving Day is the modern name for an ancient cereals rice, barley/wheat, foxtail millet, barnyard millet, proso millet, and beans harvest festival known as Niiname-sai 新嘗祭, also read as Shinjō-sai The Nihon Shoki mentions a harvest ritual having taken place during the reign of the legendary Emperor Jimmu 660–585 BC, as well as more formalized harvest celebrations during the reign of Emperor Seinei 480–484 AD Modern scholars can date the basic forms of niiname-sai to the time of Emperor Tenmu 667–686 AD1 Traditionally, it celebrated the year's hard work; during the Niiname-sai ceremony, the Emperor would dedicate the year's harvest to kami spirits, and taste the rice for the first time

The modern holiday was established after World War II in 1948 as a day to mark some of the changes of the postwar Constitution of Japan, including fundamental human rights and the expansion of workers rights2 Currently, Niiname-sai is still held privately by the Imperial House of Japan on the same day as Labor Thanksgiving Day, which has become a public national holiday3

May 1 is also celebrated as Labor Day by many trade unions in Japan,4 which hold large rallies and marches in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

See alsoedit

  • Japanese calendar


  1. ^ Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko 1994-11-14 Rice as self: Japanese identities through time Princeton University Press pp 46–7 ISBN 978-0-691-02110-2 Retrieved 22 November 2011 
  2. ^ Miller, Adam November 22, 2011 "Labor Thanksgiving Day – 勤労感謝の日" Axiom Magazine Retrieved 22 November 2011 
  3. ^ Morrill, Ann August 2009 Thanksgiving and Other Harvest Festivals Infobase Publishing p 51 ISBN 978-1-60413-096-6 Retrieved 22 November 2011 
  4. ^ Hijirida, Kyoko; Yoshikawa, Muneo 1987 Japanese language and culture for business and travel University of Hawaii Press p 253 ISBN 978-0-8248-1017-7 Retrieved 22 November 2011 

External linksedit

  • Kids Web Japan

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