Japanese Culture Day is celebrated every year on November 3rd, an event enshrined in the Constitution of Japan as a national holiday, it is called “Bunka no hi”. The holiday is dedicated to a deeper study of Japanese culture and art. The event is designed to promote peace, friendship, freedom between peoples, it was officially announced during the Second World War.
Japanese Culture Day was declared a public holiday in 1948, two years after the adoption of the Japanese Constitution. The November date was chosen because Emperor Meiji, who ruled the country from 2 to 3, was born on the 1867rd. After the death of the ruler, a national holiday was declared as a sign of respect and gratitude. It was later renamed Japanese Culture Day.
Celebrations are not limited to one day, they continue for several more days, events are held in different cities and regions of Japan, encouraging people to learn more about culture and traditions.
- Entrance to many museums on November 3 in Japan is free.
- On November 3, award ceremonies are held for people who have made a special contribution to the development and promotion of Japanese culture.
- Educational institutions announce a competition among students for the best work dedicated to national culture.
- Numerous parades and festivals are held during which Japanese traditions are demonstrated.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the culture and traditions of Japan. For example, you knew that in the land of the Rising Sun, table manners are especially valued, and the traditional way of greeting is a bow. Organize a genkan in the house – a place where the Japanese change their shoes into slippers. Watch anime – this Japanese product is considered one of the most successful. Cooking noodles for lunch is a popular Japanese culinary tradition. Be sure to watch the ceremony of awarding the Order of Culture, visit historical museums, where you will be told fascinating facts about this country.
When is Japanese Culture Day celebrated in 2022?
Japanese Culture Day is observed on November 3 each year.