National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinen no Hi)

National Foundation Day - Kenkoku Kinen no Hi

Image Courtesy: Giuliano Garau used under the Creative Commons Licence

National Foundation Day, also known as Kenkoku Kinen no Hi in Japanese, marks the foundation of Japan as well as the establishment of the imperial line, with the accession of the first emperor – Emperor Jimmu. It is a national holiday in Japan.

On this day, the national flag is hoisted followed by a speech by the Japanese Prime Minister. The day is mainly observed as a political day where people reflect on the importance of Japanese citizenship. Though there is not much grandeur associated with this day, people are seen waving the Japanese flag around town. General McArthur had approved the model Constitution on this very day in 1946.

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