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Labor Thanksgiving Day

Labor Thanksgiving day (Kinro-kansha-no-hi) occurs on November 23rd. It originated in 1948 as a celebration "for the people to honor labor, celebrate manufacturing and give thanks to one another." Previously this festival was known as the Shinto Harvest Festival, and was held at the imperial court. During the festival the Emperor would dedicate the years harvest to the gods and taste the rice for the first time. This festival is still observed in the imperial court behind closed doors.

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