Japanese Culture Day is a national holiday enshrined in the Constitution of Japan and celebrated every year on November 3rd, known as “Bunka no hi”. This event is dedicated to a deeper study of the country’s culture and art, and is designed to promote peace, friendship, and freedom between peoples.
Japanese Culture Day was declared a public holiday in 1948, two years after the adoption of the Japanese Constitution. This November date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Emperor Meiji, who reigned from 1867 to 1912. After his death, a national holiday was declared as a sign of respect and gratitude, and was later renamed Japanese Culture Day.
The celebrations of this day typically last for several days and take place in various cities and regions of Japan, to promote learning about the country’s culture and traditions.
- Admission to many museums on November 3 in Japan is free.
- Award ceremonies are held to recognize and honor those who have made a special contribution to the development and promotion of Japanese culture.
- Educational institutions organize competitions among students for the best work dedicated to national culture.
- Various parades and festivals are held during which Japanese traditions and customs are showcased.
How to take part
To join in the festivities, there are many ways to learn more about the culture and traditions of Japan. For example, knowing about their esteemed table manners and traditional bow greeting are a great place to start. You can also set up a genkan at home – a place where the Japanese change their shoes into slippers. Watching anime, a popular Japanese product, as well as cooking noodles for lunch, can also be a fun way to experience the culture. Be sure to watch the ceremony of awarding the Order of Culture, and visit any historical museums, which will provide you with fascinating facts about this incredible country.
When is Japanese Culture Day celebrated in 2023?
Japanese Culture Day is observed on November 3 each year.