Ashikaga & National Foundation Day

Have a look at some of Japan (by way of my weekly commute to my school’s other location) & learn a bit of its history.

Train ride to Ashikaga:

The view right outside the school.  Sorry it’s shaky.

And the school itself.  It’s small.

National Foundation Day (建国記念の日, )
The reason I have off is February 11th is National Foundation Day in Japan.  According to historical records, in 660 B.C.E. the first emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇), was crowned.

He’s also referred to as the Legendary Emperor because not much historical data exists for him, though it is believed that he is a descendant of the sun goddess and the sea god.

Adapted in 1966 from Empire Day, a longstanding celebration of the emperor, National Foundation Day is mostly about pride in one’s country.  Some people raise flags, but overall it’s not one of the biggest holidays.

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About Michelle

I lived in Japan for a year & a half teaching English. Now I'm blogging about learning to cook in NYC.
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