Information about Children and Books in Japan

Commemoration days

This is a list of major commemoration days which raise awareness of children's books and reading.

(2013.4.2 update)

January
February
March
April

International Children's Book Day(April 2)

Name International Children's Book Day
Year 2001
Comment Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books.
Ref. International Children's Book Day

La Diada de Sant Jordi (St George's Day) (April 23)

Name La Diada de Sant Jordi (St George's Day)
Comment La Diada de Sant Jordi, (Saint George's Day), also known as El dia de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or El dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book) is a Catalan holiday held on April 23, with similarities to Valentine's Day. "People (usually lovers or colleagues) exchange gifts. Traditionally, men gave roses to women and women gave books to men - "a rose for love and a book forever."
Ref. Saint George's Day

World Book and Copyright Day (World Book Day) (April 23)

Name World Book and Copyright Day (World Book Day)
Organization UNESCO
Year 1995
Comment 23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. In 1995, UNESCO's General Conference Paris decided to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this respect, UNESCO created both the World Book and Copyright Day and the UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.
May

Children's Day (Japan) (May 5)

Name Children's Day
Year 1948
Comment Children's Day (May 5) is a day to celebrate the health and happiness of children. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.
Ref. Children's Day (Japan)
June
July
August
September

International Literacy Day (September 8)

Name International Literacy Day
Organization UNESCO
Year 1965
Comment The International Literacy Day, a day to stress the importance of literacy, was proclaimed by UNESCO. The beginning of the International Literacy Day was the World Conference of Ministers of Education in Tehran in 1965, when King Pahlavi of Iran proposed that every country should give their one-day military expense for literacy of their people. Celebrations take place around the world.
Ref. International Literacy Day
October

International School Library Month (October)

Name International School Library Month
Organization International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
Year 2008
Comment International School Library Month begins as the International School Library Day. Since October 2008, the tenth anniversary of IASL, IASL has been celebrating International School Library Month in October. Every school library in the world can choose the date of October arbitrarily for their "International School Library Day."
Ref. International School Library Month
November

Culture Day (Japan) (November 3)

Name Culture Day
Year 1948
Comment Culture Day is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor.
Ref. Culture Day (Japan)
December