Japanese National Anthem
April 11, 2011 2 Comments
In Japanese High Schools, we sing the national anthem, Kimigayo, only at important school ceremonies and sporting events, and I have not heard it often.
Last week we had three such important school ceremonies, and I asked one of the teachers what the lyrics mean.
Kimigayo: rough translation
‘May your reign last a thousand, no, eight thousand generations, for the length of time needed for a pebble to grow to a large rock and be covered in moss’
How poetic and Japanese.