- revere /ri-VEER/
- profoundly /pruh-FOUND-lee/
- constitution /kon-sti-TOO-shuhn/
- academia /ak-uh-DEE-mee-uh/
- belonging /bih-LAWNG-ing/
[verb] – to very much respect and admire someone or something
Mr. Brown was revered by many for his excellent learning and teaching skills.
[adverb] – deeply or extremely
We are all profoundly grateful for your support and encouragement.
[noun] – the set of political principles by which a state or organization is governed, especially in relation to the rights of the people it governs
The constitution should be upheld by every citizen.
[noun] – the part of society, especially universities, that is connected with studying and thinking, or the activity or job of studying
There were 25 participants from both academia and industry at the event.
[noun] – a feeling of being happy or comfortable as part of a particular group and having a good relationship with the other members of the group because they welcome you and accept you
All of the residents feel a sense of belonging because of these structures.
Culture Day (文化の日) is observed on November 3 every year, and it began as a day to commemorate the birthday of the reigning Emperor Meiji in 1968. In 1927, it was declared a national holiday in memory of the late Emperor and was called Meiji Setsu (明治節) before being renamed Culture Day. It is currently recognized as the country’s annual celebration of traditional Japanese culture and the values of freedom and peace that the Japanese constitution enshrined. Many museums across the nation give free admission on this day to enable the general public to dive into the history and culture of Japan. The celebrations organized in various prefectures invite everyone to engage with traditional Japanese culture. Even significant award ceremonies exist to recognize someone’s success in advancing Japanese culture. The Order of Culture Award Ceremony, which is held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, is the main event of Culture Day. It is a Japanese medal given to people who have made outstanding contributions to advancing Japanese culture in fields like science, technology, academia, and the arts. The Emperor personally welcomes the prize winners and presents them with gratitude certificates.
Culture is a reflection of a community or nation, and it gives us a sense of belonging. It has been embedded in our lives for several generations and will do so for a long time to come.
- Other than your own, what other cultures do you find interesting? Why?
- What song, outfit, and dish best represent the culture of your nation? Please explain each one.
- If you have a foreign friend visiting Japan, what would you advise him or her?
- Do you think all countries should have a culture day?
- What celebrations are held in your area on Culture Day? Do you participate in them? Please tell me more about it.