Culture Day in Japan in 2024

Culture Day in Japan in 2024
  How long until Culture Day?
Culture Day
  Dates of Culture Day in Japan
2025 Japan Mon, Nov 3 National Holiday
2024 Japan Mon, Nov 4 National Holiday
2023 Japan Fri, Nov 3 National Holiday
2022 Japan Thu, Nov 3 National Holiday
2021 Japan Wed, Nov 3 National Holiday

Culture Day is a day to honor traditional Japanese culture and promote the love of freedom and peace

  Local name
Bunka no hi

When is Culture Day?

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

If November 3rd falls on a Sunday, 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 Constitution of Japan was made after the second world war, under the revision of the United States. After the surrender of Japan, they cooperated with General Douglas MacArthur for two years in the drafting of the new constitution, which was ratified on November 3rd 1946, and entered into force on May 3rd 1947.

Shortly after the new Constitution came into force, in 1948, November 3rd became the Bunka no Hi or Culture Day, as we know it today.

But that’s not all, November 3rd is a notable date in Japan as it also marks the date of birth of Emperor Meiji, who ruled Japan from 1867 until his death in 1912. From 1927 until 1947, November 3rd was a national holiday called "Meiji Setsu," in honour of the late Emperor.

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. Established in 1875, the Order of the Rising Sun has eight degrees.

A total of 4,214 people have received the award on November 4th 2018, including 135 foreigners, mostly Americans. One of them was former US Vice President Dick Cheney.

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. It's a great day to delve into the rich history and culture of Japan as most museums in Tokyo and across the rest of the country are open for free on Culture Day.

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