November 23rd is Labor Thanksgiving Day here in Japan. It is a day for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. There does not appear to be any special way to celebrate this holiday. It’s a day off for some people, even busier day for others. Most people will hit the malls and restaurants that day. Since this is a national holiday with no school, etc., we typically celebrate our American Thanksgiving on this day. We celebrate just as we would in the USA with turkey and all the trimmings. We get together with family that is here and invite other Americans in the area. We always have a wonderful and very American time. It’s a great kick off to one the biggest ministry times of the year here. It took some adjustment for me to celebrate Thanksgiving day on a day other than the norm, but then I realized that even if I did, it still wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the USA since we are 14 hours ahead of EST.
One thing I am grateful for this year is a Costco that is so close to home. My turkey is in the freezer ready and waiting…My husband often talks about the first time his mother got a turkey in Japan. She had to order it through a restaurant. She didn’t realize that she had to order it raw. It came cooked complete with soy sauce marinade/basting sauce. Ewwww!!!! Soy sauce on turkey?!?!?!? I asked my husband what they did. “We ate it, of course! What else could we do?”