BLOGWalking2021.08.11

Japan's national anthem, said to be the oldest in the world

"Kimigayo", Japan's national anthem, is sung in unison at the Olympics, Paralympics and high school baseball games.

August 13 is the day associated with "Kimigayo".

First, on this day in 1893, the Ministry of Education proclaimed "Lyrics and Music Songs for Elementary School Ceremonies".

It is said that eight songs such as "Kimigayo" were decided as songs for elementary school holidays.

It officially became the national anthem on August 9, 1999, under the Law "Concerning the National Flag and Anthem".

And, it was promulgated and enforced as the national anthem on August 13 of the same year, surprisingly it was decided after entering the Heisei period.

"Kimigayo" is the national anthem of which the words are said to be the shortest in the world with only 32 characters.

In addition, it is also recognized as the world's oldest national anthem in the "Guinness Book of World Records".

The law doesn't have copyright, so the lyrics and melody of Kimigayo don't have copyright.

"君が代は 千代に 八千代に さざれ石の 巌となりて 苔のむすまで"
(Kimigayo ha Chiyo ni Yachiyo ni Sazare-ishi no Iwao to nari-te, Koke no musu made)

The word "Sazare-ishi" in the lyrics is "細石" in Kanji.

The scientific name is "石灰質角礫岩(Sekkai Shikkaku Reki-gan)"

It is said that limestone is a natural product that has been dissolved in rainwater over a long period of time, and large and small stones are collected to form a huge rock.

It is said to be a very auspicious stone.

"Sazare-ishi" can be seen in parks and shrine precincts all over Japan.

"Sazare-ishi" that is said to be the "best in Japan" is located in Ibi-gun County, Gifu Prefecture.

And Sazare-ishi, a product of Ibi-gun, has been dedicated to Goou-jinja Shrine in Kyoto.

With a height of 2 meters and a width of 3 meters, it is the largest in Japan!

Like the words in "Kimigayo," the moss is also seemed.

I wonder how many years and stones were piled up to be this size?

This is a difficult times, but I believe that we can confront it with one mind like a Sazare-ishi.


Goo-jinja Shrine
385 Sakurazuen-cho, Karasuma-dori Shimonagaja-machi Sagaru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
(in front of the Hamaguri-gomon Gate at the Kyoto Imperial Palace)
7 minutes walk to the north from Marutamachi Subway Station

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