[Kenkoku Kinen no hi] National Foundation Day (February 11)
The 11th of February is the national foundation day of Japan.
The definition of foundation differs by nation.
While most emerging countries set it as their day of independence, most Japanese don't know how the national foundation day of Japan came about.
How did this day become chosen ?
Japan used to celebrate this day as "Kigensetsu" before World War 2. After the war, it was abolished as it was considered to be against the spirit of the Constitution. However it was revived in 1966 as "National Foundation Day." February 11 is based on the "Nihonshoki," a history book completed in 720 AD that described the enthroning of the first Emperor, JINMU on that day.
The Meiji Government that won the war against the Shogunate in 1868 was urged to establish an Emperor-orientated nation and admit that all legends described in the oldest history book "Kojiki" （712 AD） and in "Nihonshoki" were true stories and to utilize this in their policies. All Emperors starting from Jinmu up to the present Emperor, were said to be descendants in an unbroken line of a god called "Amaterasu-Ohmikami" and was thus deified by the people.