Yesterday was Culture Day. A public holiday celebrating culture. Well, more specifically, the arts, as there's always a special showing or gallery exhibition of some sort all over the country.
I can always tell it's a holiday when I leave for work and notice pretty much no one else on the streets when the eerie feeling of being alone replaces the (now familiarly normal) eerie feeling of just being in an Asian country.
Also during this day, Japan awards the Order of Culture award. Here are this year's recipients. Included among them is an actual gaijin--> a japanologist. A pretty specialized field, if you ask me. I wonder if there are americanologists and liechtensteinologists, too?
I wonder how many geeks are appreciating the "culture" of anime and video games today? Not that they need a special day for that excuse.