Today is Bunka no Hi (boonka no hee) or Culture Day a national holiday in Japan.
Originally November 3rd was celebrated as the Meiji Emperor's birthday (Tencho-setsu 天長節), but in 1948 this day's name was changed to Culture Day. The government and schools annually award prizes for cultural achievement to celebrate the day. The prestigious Order of Culture is awarded on this day to leading figures in the world of science, culture and the arts.
Schools, universities, banks and offices close but museums usually stay open.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010