Hari ini adalah cuti umum di Jepun iaitu 天皇誕生日「てんのうたんじょうび」(tenno tanjoubi: The Emperor’s Birthday). Dari pagi lagi anak2 minta keluar ke Kodomo no kuni untuk main skate tetapi memandangkan tempat skate di sana masih baru dibuka sejak 20 hb Dis, kami pun telefon Kak Aini untuk mengajaknya sekali. Kak Aini memberi cadangan piknik di Kinuta Park yang hanya mengambil masa 15 minit (lebih kurang 8 km sahaja dari rumah kami). Mama membuat onigiri (nasi kepal) salmon flakes, tuna mayo dan crab mayo. Sampai di Kunita Park pada pukul 12:30 tengahari dan terus berpiknik. Berselera anak2 makan walaupun dengan hanya onigiri. Selepas makan anak2 bermain di sana bersama kawan2nya Farah, Nabila dan Naim. Walaupun cuaca agak sejuk (10C) tetapi cuaca yang cerah serta kurang berangin amat sesuai berpiknik dan berehat berlangitkan langit biru. Kami di sana sehingga pukul 3:30 petang dan pulang dengan gembira.
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The Emperor’s Birthday
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The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日, Tennō tanjōbi) is a national holiday in the Japanese calendar. It is currently celebrated on December 23. The date is determined by the present Emperor’s birthdate. Emperor Akihito was born on this date in 1933.
During the reign of Hirohito (Showa period, 1926-1989), the Emperor’s birthday was observed on April 29. April 29 remained a public holiday, posthumously renamed Greenery Day in 1989 and Showa Day in 2007.
Previous to World War II, it was called Tenchōsetsu (天長節, Tenchōsetsu), but after the war the new government renamed it Tennō tanjōbi, or “The Emperor’s Birthday”, in 1948, when it was established as a holiday by law. Under the law, the Diet of Japan must convene and change the holiday date before the reigning emperor’s birthday becomes a public holiday. Thus, there exists a small chance that the former emperor’s birthday may come before the change can be made.
On December 23, a public ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace which, usually off limits to the public, opens its gates. The Emperor, accompanied by Empress Michiko and several other members of the Imperial family, appears on a palace balcony protected by bulletproof glass to acknowledge the birthday congratulations of crowds of festive well-wishers waving tiny Japanese flags. Only on this occasion and on the second of January may the general public enter the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace.
When the Emperor ceases his greeting (however brief), the crowd starts waving the flags again and the Imperial Family wave back. They appear for three minutes. The crowd is then directed to the exit. Most of them scatter and take a walk around the East Garden of the palace which includes the remains of the castle donjon. Meanwhile, the next group is led into the palace.
The visiting crowds are usually made up of significantly older portions of the Japanese population, as national interest in the Emperor has been on the wane since the end of World War II. Some foreign tourists also attend. Occasionally, organized groups of right-wing nationalists (uyoku) park nearby with vans that blast militaristic slogans over a loudspeaker.
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