Kimigayo: The National Anthem of Japan

The national anthem of Japan is Kimigayo. From 1888 to 1945 “Kimigayo” served as the national anthem of the Empire of Japan. Japan had no national anthem before 1888. Japanese named their first anthem as Kamigayo which actually means “The Emperor’s Reign“.

Japanese National Anthem – Kimigayo:


Japanese National Anthem Romanization:

Kimigayo wa
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Sazare-ishi no
Iwao to narite
Koke no musu made

Kimigayo: The National Anthem of Japan

Kimigayo National Anthem English Lyrics:

May your reign
Continue for a thousand, eight thousand generations,
Until the pebbles
Grow into boulders
Lush with moss


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