The Niiname-sai festival is a Japanese harvest ritual celebrated by the Emperor of Japan, who give thanks to the Shinto deities for a prosperous year. In pre-modern Japan, the date of the Niiname-sai varied, however the date became fixed on the 23rd of November in the Meiji period, and this date became a national holiday (Labor Thanksgivings Day) in the Showa period.

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