Celebrating Japanese National Foundation Day (11th February)

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Celebrating Japanese National Foundation Day (11th February)


Also regarded as Kenkoku Kinen no Hello, Nationwide Basis Working day is celebrated in Japan just about every year on the 11th February. It is a Nationwide Getaway that marks the ascension of the famous 1st Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu.


Striking! An spectacular big, Bronze Okimono of Emperor Jimmu (Circa 1880)


It is thought that Jimmu became the Emperor on New Years Day (in the Lunisolar calendar) in the 12 months 660BC and there are information of Foundation Day staying celebrated as much again as the 7th Century when two historic Chronicles of Japan (The Kojiki and Nihon Shoki) were being written.

The Chronicles tell that Jimmu was a descendent of the Gods, even so there are contrasting thoughts amongst scholars as to whether or not he actually ever existed. There is regrettably no genuine persuasive proof to propose he did.


Emperor Jimmu is believed to have descended from the Sunshine Goddess Amaterasu


In 1872, and as an attempt to promote the perception of Countrywide Unity, the govt of Emperor Meiji declared 11th February to grow to be an official Nationwide Getaway.

Despite the ongoing discussion in excess of the authenticity of Emperor Jimmu, Basis Day remains an crucial date in the Japanese calendar and quite a few people today see it as an prospect to discover about the countrys previous, present and long run.

On Basis Working day, 1000’s of Japanese individuals pay a visit to Shrines and Temples around the place to present prayer for the Nations very well-becoming and to pay attention to performances of common Japanese tunes.

You can browse more about Emperor Jimmu by clicking here.


From the archives, this masterful depiction of Jimmu as an Archer


We would like to take this opportunity to wish a pretty Pleased National Foundation Working day to all our Japanese pals and followers all over the environment.


An Okimono group depicting Emperor Jimmu by the Miyao Corporation