Anniversary of Japan’s Foundation

11 Feb

Today is 建国記念日 (Kenkoku-kinenbi). In English, “Anniversary of Japan’s Foundation” or “National Foundation Day”.


In theory, people are meant to reflect on their love of country and what it means to be “Japanese”.
In reality though, hardly anyone does anything special on this day. Many generations ago, it may have been different…but today, it’s just seen as “a day off” to most people.

You can see Japanese flag hung from street lights and also on the front grill of city buses…but that’s not particular to this holiday—that’s done on every national holiday in Japan.

6 Responses to “Anniversary of Japan’s Foundation”

  1. phoenolf February 11, 2014 at 3:20 am #

    sounds pretty much the same when it comes to national day here, we just hang the national flag everywhere (from the grocery store to pretty much any kind of store)


    • tokyo5 February 11, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      When is that in your country?


      • phoenolf February 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

        23 September


      • tokyo5 February 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

        That day’s a holiday in Japan too… 「秋分の日」(Autumn Equinox)


      • phoenolf February 12, 2014 at 3:04 am #

        that is soooo interesting!!!! OwO


      • tokyo5 February 12, 2014 at 8:17 am #

        >that is soooo interesting!!!!

        I don’t know if it’s that interesting…but an unexpected coincidence!


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