Japanese Culture Day

Public and national holidays in Japan National holiday in Japan


When is Culture Day ?

Year Day Date
2017 Friday November 3rd
2016 Thursday November 3rd
2015 Tuesday November 3rd
2014 Monday November 3rd
2013 Monday November 4th

On 3 November each year, your colleagues in Japan celebrate Culture Day.

If 3 November falls on a weekend, then the following Monday will be a public holiday instead.

History of Culture Day?

Culture Day, otherwise known as Bunka no hi, is a day to honour traditional Japanese culture and promote the love of freedom and peace that was enshrined in the Japanese constitution.

The current Japanese constitution was officially adopted on 3 November 1946 after the end of the Second World War and Culture Day has been a holiday since 1948.

But that’s not all, 3 November is a notable date in Japan as it also marks the date of birth of Emperor Meiji, who ruled Japan from 1867 until 1912.

How is Culture Day celebrated?

As part of the celebration of Culture Day, the Order of Culture Awards Ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The awards are given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Japanese culture or to society as a whole.

Past recipients include the three American astronauts who were aboard Apollo 11, Japanese artist Ikuo Hirayama, and poet Makoto Ooka.

Throughout the rest of the country, festivals and parades are held celebrating traditional Japanese customs.

Related Holidays

Translate this page