The Culture Day (Bunka no Hi?) Is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on November 3 in order to promote culture, arts and academic disciplines. The festival typically includes art exhibitions, parades and awards ceremonies for artists and students.
November 3 is holiday in Japan since the Meiji era. Originally celebrated an anniversary of the Emperor (the Meiji Emperor was born on November 3), it was changed for the Culture Day at the emperor's death in 1912.
With the official announcement of the Constitution of Japan's post-war November 3, 1946, the Culture Day gained in significance, and also became a time to promote the values espoused in the constitution.
The Day of the Arts serves to highlight the arts and various academic subjects. The prefectural and local governments generally choose to hold art exhibitions, cultural festivals and parades. For example, Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is the site of the annual celebration of the Feast of the feudal lord (Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu?) To expose the costumes of the Edo period.
Since 1937, the ceremony of the prestigious Order of Culture held that day. It is common for universities present their latest research projects, the Culture Day Given by the Emperor himself to those who have significantly advanced science, arts and culture is one of the highest honors accorded by the imperial family. The prize is not reserved for Japanese citizens, and was granted including Apollo 11 astronauts to return to the moon.
Curiously, the Culture Day is statistically one of the days of the year when he made the most beautiful. Between 1965 and 1996, there were only three years when it rained on Tokyo Day of Culture.
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