November 2018

November is the month of Shichigosan (literally means 7-5-3); it is to celebrate the growth and good health of children ages 3, 5 and 7 through the Sinto ritual.  It’s also to celebrate the Labor Thanksgiving Day (not to be confused with the same Thanksgiving here in the US), called kinrōkanshahi - 勤労感謝の日 , which takes place annually on November 23rd.

With similar roots as Thanksgiving here in the US, it was once a fall harvest festival, and it has since changed in meaning over the years. Its history goes back to around 480 BC and celebrates the year’s hard work.

The modern holiday was established after World War II in 1948, and became Labor Thanksgiving Day, the holiday celebrating workers in Japan.  The day is about being thankful for workers who do their jobs well.  Sometimes you literally thank those people, school kids make thank you cards and gifts for municipal workers like police, firefighters, and hospital workers. 

Have a wonderful month,

Chie Schiller

Board Chair / Executive President