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As well as red autumn leaves "Kouyou" that form the main image for the month, there are 3 important days. Bunka-no-hi (Culture Day), which is a public holiday on November 3rd. Shichi-go-san (Seven-Five-Three), not a public holiday but an important day for children, and Kinro-kansha-no-hi (Labor Thanksgiving Day) - a public holiday on November 23rd. Explanations are below the banners...

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Each of the November banners were contributed by Roger Fung, a student in the AIJP from Hong Kong.

Bunka-no-hi (November 3rd) - 200 x 73 pixels, 4358 bytes.

Shichi-go-san (November 15th) - 200 x 73 pixels, 4788 bytes.

Kinro-kansha-no-hi (November 23rd) - 200 x 73 pixels, 4344 bytes.

Bunka-no-hi (November 3rd) - 200 x 100 pixels, 4753 bytes.

Shichi-go-san (November 15th) - 200 x 100 pixels, 5653 bytes.

Kinro-kansha-no-hi (November 23rd) - 200 x 100 pixels, 5033 bytes.

Kouyou - Red Leaves

Quoted from a translation of the poem, "Standing amidst the Falling Leaves" by Takamura Mitsutato (1883-1956)

"Autumn in Japan,
fragrant with burning aloeswood,
seductive and pure ... bright Sunny day.
Bird's shadow flashes everywhere,
spreading the tidings of a warm November prevailing.
At the suprisingly deep sound of
the twelve o' clock gun,
the distant factory hooters
start to hoot in unison, and for a while
innocent waves of joy traverse the sky.
This is when I
walk into a deserted huge cherry wood, knodding
at red dragonflies perched on NO TRESSPASS sign,
and stand in silence amidst the falling leaves.

Oh, how wonderful to have so much of them!
How graceful, how precious, how joyful
is this waste of Nature!
THey pile up knee-high,
rusty falling leaves in the cherry wood.
Abundant and carefree you, fallen leaves,
make me intixicated just by looking at you!
A failure am I in this pompous, pretty society.
Let me place myself in your care, fallen leaves,
while bathing in the fragrant autumn sun.
Let me soak myself in your beauty, fallen leaves,
so helpless, so open, so extravagant, so plentiful,
till sleep envelops my body and soul......"

Bunka no Hi - Culture Day

Culture Day celebrates cultural development in Japan.

On the 3rd of November (as well as on days around this time), works of art such as painting, sculpture, drama, film, radio, television and writing are appreciated in exhibitions, culture and arts festivals held across Japan.

On this day, the Emperor also awards the "Medal of Culture" (Bunka Kunshou) to people who has contributed outstandingly to the development of culture in Japan.

Shichi-go-san - Seven Five Three

On the 15th of November, boys and girls of 3, boys of 5 and girls of 7 years old are taken to local shrines to pray for their safe and healthy future.

The origins of this festival came from a superstition that children of certain ages were especially prone to bad luck and/or ill health; thus requiring divine protection. Children are usually dressed in kimono (Japanese traditional clothing) and chitose-ame, or "thousand year candy" are also eaten on this day. The candy symbolises the parents' wish for their children to grow healthily and happily and to lead long, prosperous lives.

Kinro-kansha-no-hi - Labor Thanksgiving Day

The second Japanese national holiday in November is the Labor Thanksgiving Day on the 23rd. Since 1948, it has become a day for the population to thank and appreciate one another for their hard work and effort throughout the year and for their fruits of success.

After World War II, this day was established to proclaim the guarantee of fundamental human rights of every individual and the rights of workers. Indeed, workers' rights expanded greatly in the post-war Constitution.

Several events are held on this day, such as the annual Labor Festival in hosted in Nagano. This festival encourages people to actively think about issues affecting peace, human rights and the environment.

Other events include things such as the pupils in nursery schools in the Tokyo suburbs presenting drawings and handicrafts to the local police officers, in gratitude for them looking after their safety daily.

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