建国記念の日(kenkoku kinen nohi: national foundation day)

Hari ini cuti lagi cuma jatuh pada hari Rabu, tidak ada aktiviti yang boleh dibuat selain duduk sahaja di rumah berehat, membantu anak2 membuat kerja rumah dan menyiapkan tugasan Kumon mereka. Mama pula sibuk membersihkan keretanya bersama Zarul.

Ini ada sedikit info dari WIKI:

National Foundation Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

National Foundation Day (建国記念の日, kenkoku kinen-no-hi) is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11. On this day, Japanese celebrate the founding of the nation and the imperial line by its legendary first emperor, Jimmu, who established his capital in Yamato.

History
Although celebrations of the story of the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu stretch back into early Japanese history and historical traditions, National Foundation Day did not become an official holiday until 1872. In the Meiji period, when Japan switched from its lunisolar calendar to the Gregorian calendar, the new “official” holiday was proclaimed. Japanese scholars used the Nihonshoki (日本書紀), to derive the exact date, February 11, 660 BC. However, historians have yet to find evidence of either the significance of this date or even the existence of Emperor Jimmu outside of the Nihonshoki.

In its original incarnation, the holiday was named Empire Day (紀元節,, Kigensetsu). It is thought that the Meiji Emperor may have wanted to establish this holiday to bolster the legitimacy of the imperial family following the abolition of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The national holiday was supported by those who believed that focusing national attention on the emperor would serve a unifying purpose. Publicly linking his rule with the mythical first emperor, Jimmu, and thus Amaterasu, the Meiji Emperor declared himself the one, true ruler of Japan.

With large parades and festivals, in its time, Kigensetsu was considered one of the four major holidays of Japan.

Given its reliance on Shinto mythology and its reinforcement of the Japanese nobility, Kigensetsu was abolished following World War II. Ironically, February 11th was also the day when General MacArthur approved the draft version of the model Constitution which was to be presented to the Japanese in 1946.

The commemorative holiday was re-established as National Foundation Day in 1966. Though stripped of most of its overt references to the Emperor, National Foundation Day was still a day for expressing patriotism and love of the nation in 1950’s.

Current practice
In contrast with the events associated with earlier Kigensetsu, celebrations for National Foundation Day are relatively muted. Customs include the raising of Japanese flags and reflection on the meaning of Japanese citizenship. The holiday is still relatively controversial however, and very overt expressions of nationalism or even patriotism are rare.

p/s: sekarang musim peperiksaan di universiti2 dan kami pula tiada musim…haha…

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