The National Day of Japan is on the 11 February (National Foundation Day, Jimmu, the first emperor, is crowned in year 660 BC). Also known as “National Foundation Day,” is celebrated annually on 11th February. It is a public holiday in Japan that commemorates the mythological creation of Japan and the establishment of the first Japanese imperial dynasty by Emperor Jimmu in 660 BC.
National Day of Japan
National Foundation Day was first recognized as a national holiday in 1872. This was during the Meiji Restoration period, which was a period in Japan which included modernization and westernization of Japan. This was at the time called the “Kigensetsu,” which means “the day of the founding of the nation.” It was later renamed “National Foundation Day” after World War II.
Overall, National Foundation Day is an important day for the Japanese people, as it celebrates their country’s long and rich history, and marks the beginning of a unified Japanese state. See also the National Day of Indonesia as well as the National Day of Vietnam.
Public Holidays in Japan
Here is a list of the public holidays in Japan:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Coming of Age Day – Second Monday of January
- National Foundation Day – February 11th
- Emperor’s Birthday – February 23rd
- Vernal Equinox Day – Around March 20th
- Showa Day – April 29th
- Constitution Memorial Day – May 3rd
- Greenery Day – May 4th
- Children’s Day – May 5th
- Marine Day – Third Monday of July
- Mountain Day – August 11th
- Respect for the Aged Day – Third Monday of September
- Autumnal Equinox Day – Around September 23rd
- Health and Sports Day – Second Monday of October
- Culture Day – November 3rd
- Labor Thanksgiving Day – November 23rd
In addition to these national holidays, there are also regional and local holidays