Japanese National Anthem

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.

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2 Responses to Japanese National Anthem

  1. Maureen says:

    great picture

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