Today is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and is a similar day in Japan: Labor Thanksgiving Day, or Kinro Kansha no Hi. The roots of Japan's Labor Thanksgiving Day are much the same as those of Thanksgiving Day: the harvest festival - or Niiname-sai - and thanks to the natural powers that be.
For some reason, that inchoate sense of gratitude was crystallized in 1948 into thanks specifically for those who work, or, perhaps as is more appropriate these days, for the opportunity to work (and get paid for it).
Happy Labor Thanksgiving Day 2012!
Guide Books on Tokyo & Japan
Friday, November 23, 2012