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Labor Thanksgiving: Appreciating Our Workforce

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Eat up, eat!

As November comes along, those of us in America begin thinking about Thanksgiving; pies, turkey, stuffing, and more. However, many of us don’t realize that Thanksgiving isn’t a worldwide holiday, and those countries that do celebrate it don’t do so in the same way. In Japan, the 23rd of November is Labor Thanksgiving Day, a day to celebrate those who work in any career.

This holiday has evolved in Japan from an ancient Harvest Festival, celebrating the bringing in of the year’s harvest, as well as celebrating the hard work that went into making that harvest possible. Nowadays, the celebration encompasses everyone who works in a professional career in Japan, but it’s nowhere near as big of a celebration as we have in the States.

When all the deadlines fall through…


There are plenty of things to be thankful for, though. After all, we’re all watchers of Anime, players of games. Just think about how much effort it takes, how many people’s cooperation is needed to produce all the Anime we watch every year. If you need a proper example, take a look at Shirobako.

For those who haven’t seen it, Shirobako gives us a super accurate look at the Anime industry, going into great detail about how Anime is made, from beginning to end. It takes an enormous amount of effort, as well as a large number of people, to get an Anime from a concept to a finished product. Let’s send out our gratitude this month for all the artists, animators, directors, producers, and more that help us feed our hobby, and entertain us every day!

Now that’s concentration!

For all the gamers out there, make sure you send your thanks out to everyone who makes amazing video games possible. Whether it’s artists and 3-D modelers like Aoba and her friends from New Game, working in a professional environment to make pretty and fun games, to people like the cast of Saekano, making games just for fun, following their dreams to produce Indie titles.

Let’s not forget, however, the people working less flashy careers. Whether you’re like Maou from The Devil Is a Part-Timer, working afternoon shifts at a fast-food place, or like Miss Kobayashi, taking the daily slog of career work in order to support yourself and your family, everyone deserves appreciation.

BK or Mickey D’s…

Let us all take this month to band together, as a family, connected by our hobbies and interests, and make sure that everyone feels appreciated for the work that they do. After all, there is no such thing as an unimportant career. Now, you’ve all heard what i’m thankful for; who or what are you guys thankful for?

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