Monday, February 11, 2008
or Happy Nation Day! On this day 2668 years ago the first emperor in the Japanese royal family set up shop in Kyushu. Jimmu was his name and he was a mythical badass. The royal line is actually only traced back to ca AD 600 but that still makes it the longest unbroken royal bloodline in the world. In 1872, after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the day was made into a national holiday to help unify the country under the Emperor. Since WWII, sentiments of nationalism are generally frowned upon making this day just another work holiday.