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NATIONAL FOUNDATION DAY (JAPAN)

When is National Foundation Day (Japan) in 2023?

National Foundation Day (Japan) in 2023 is on the Saturday, 11th of Feb (2/11/2023).

National Foundation Day (Japan) is on the 42th day of 2023. There are 323 days left in the year.

National Foundation Day (Japan) Facts

  • Date: Feb 11, 2023
  • National
  • Also Called: kenkoku kinen-no-hi
  • Celebrations: Raising of Japanese National Flags
National Foundation Day (Japan)

The National Foundation Day is a public holiday in Japan and is celebrated every year on 11th February. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the nation and also for the establishment of the imperial line by the first Japanese ruler, Jimmu.

The day originally coincided with the New Year's Day according to the Chinese calendar and it is believed that Emperor Jimmu took the throne on this day. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day fell on January 29, which is the date when the festival was originally celebrated. It was then called the Empire Day. It was in 1873 that the Japanese Government decided to shift the day to 11th February, in order to make people realize the importance of the Foundation Day. The government did not disclose the exact calculations used but propagated this day as the day when Jimmu took to the throne.

The National Flag is raised which is followed by a speech by the Prime Minister of Japan. In the era before the Second World War, this day was celebrated with a great passion. After the abolishment and the re-establishment of this day, there is no grandeur associated with the day. The schools and offices in Japan remain closed on this day and people often restrict themselves indoors.

No grand parades or ceremonies are organized on the National Foundation Day of Japan. Although people can be seen waving the Japanese flags. The day is largely seen as one with only political significance. It was on this day in 1946 that the model Constitution was approved by General McArthur.

National Foundation Day (Japan) Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Wed
  • Feb 11, 2009
  • National Foundation Day
  • Thu
  • Feb 11, 2010
  • National Foundation Day
  • Fri
  • Feb 11, 2011
  • National Foundation Day
  • Sat
  • Feb 11, 2012
  • National Foundation Day

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Japan in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 10, 2022Jan 10Coming of Age Day
FridayFriFeb 11, 2022Feb 11National Foundation Day
WednesdayWedFeb 23, 2022Feb 23Emperor's Birthday
MondayMonMar 21, 2022Mar 21Spring Equinox
FridayFriApr 29, 2022Apr 29Showa Day
TuesdayTueMay 03, 2022May 03Constitution Memorial Day
WednesdayWedMay 04, 2022May 04Greenery Day
ThursdayThuMay 05, 2022May 05Children's Day
MondayMonJul 18, 2022Jul 18Marine Day
TuesdayTueAug 09, 2022Aug 09Mountain Day Holiday
ThursdayThuAug 11, 2022Aug 11Mountain Day
SaturdaySatAug 13, 2022Aug 13Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 19, 2022Sep 19Respect for the Aged Day
FridayFriSep 23, 2022Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonOct 10, 2022Oct 10Health and Sports Day
ThursdayThuNov 03, 2022Nov 03Culture Day
WednesdayWedNov 23, 2022Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas Day