Monday, 11 February 2008

Japan National Foundation Day 建国記念の日 (Kenkoku kinen no hi)

11 February - Japan National Foundation Day

This national holiday was established in 1966 (and first held in 1967) as a day to reflect on the establishment of the nation and to nourish a love for the country. From 1872 to 1948, February 11 was known as Kigen-setsu (紀元節, Kigen-setsu?), a holiday commemorating the day on which—according to the Nihon-shokiEmperor Jimmu is said to have acceded the throne in 660 BCE.