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NATIONAL FOUNDATION DAY (JAPAN)

When is National Foundation Day (Japan) in 2022?

National Foundation Day (Japan) in 2022 is on the Friday, 11th of Feb (2/11/2022).

National Foundation Day (Japan) is on the 42th day of 2022. There are 323 days left in the year.

National Foundation Day (Japan) Facts

  • Date: Feb 11, 2022
  • 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 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11Coming of Age Day
ThursdayThuFeb 11, 2021Feb 11National Foundation Day
TuesdayTueFeb 23, 2021Feb 23Emperor's Birthday
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20Spring Equinox
ThursdayThuApr 29, 2021Apr 29Showa Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03Constitution Memorial Day
TuesdayTueMay 04, 2021May 04Greenery Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05Children's Day
MondayMonJul 19, 2021Jul 19Marine Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Mountain Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09Mountain Day Holiday
SundaySunAug 22, 2021Aug 22Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 20, 2021Sep 20Respect for the Aged Day
ThursdayThuSep 23, 2021Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonOct 11, 2021Oct 11Health and Sports Day
WednesdayWedNov 03, 2021Nov 03Culture Day
TuesdayTueNov 23, 2021Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas Day