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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Labor Day kinro kansha no hi

November 23 kinro kansha no hi - Labor Day

勤労感謝の日

Today's public holiday is based on ancient imperial harvest and thanksgiving festivals, 1n 1948 this day was officially dedicated to all workers.

The Niinamesai (新嘗祭) was and still is an offering of freshly harvested rice by the emperor to the gods. The festival came to be held November 23 during the Meiji era.

Following this agricultural theme, I visited Nagoya Agricultural Center (名古屋農業センター), which is the nearest bit of open-space to where I live. It's free to get in, there's a cafe, a shop selling often organic vegetables as well as plants and health foods, glass houses, streams and even a model farm with battery chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and cows.....lovely!

Nagoya Agricultural Center

The nearest station is Hirabari on the Tsurumai Line - head east from the station on the road to Toyota. The Nagoya Agricultural Center is about 15 minutes on foot.

Guide To Nagoya

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