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National Foundation Day (Kenkoku kinen-no-hi)

National Foundation Day (Kenkoku kinen-no-hi). According to Nihonshoki – Japanese Chronicles – it is February 11, 660 BC when the first emperor of Japan, Jimmu ascended to the throne and by legend originated Japanese nation. It was celebrated as Empire Day till World War II. After war this national holiday was abolished, but 20 years later it was restored in 1966 and since 1967 all Japanese celebrate the birthday of their country on February 11.

Though Jimmu’s existence has not been historically proved, pre-war holiday was used for glorification of Imperial Power. And restoration of this holiday under another sign caused sharp debates in political circles of the country. Such debates were partly because of the fact that opposition forces feared restoration of pre-war Japanese militarism system. Even in our days National Foundation Day is the reason for political battles between some parties in Japan.

For ordinary Japanese political motives of the holiday are not crucial. They are patriots of their country devoting this time to their families, friends or doing recreation activities outdoors.
Category: State | Added by: vladgon (01.06.2011)
Views: 1777 | Comments: 1 | Tags: HOLIDAY, Emperor, Jimmu, National Foundation Day, Nihonshoki | Rating: 5.0/1 |
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