The National Anthem 日本の国歌

13Toward the end of the 19th century, at the suggestion of the Irishman John Fenton, a national anthem was created with the lyrics taken from a 10th century poem and the melody from classical Japanese court music.

The word Kimigayo was once interpreted as “Your majesty’s reign”, but now, in our democratic era, it is taken to mean “the people’s reign”.

 

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