JAPAN got their World Cup season off to a flying start as they move closer to qualifying in the last 16.
A win against Costa Rica TODAY could all but secure a place in the knockout rounds.
And that means we’ll be hearing the Japanese national anthem louder than ever this morning.
What are the lyrics of the national anthem of Japan?
The national anthem of Japan is called Kimigayo (Reign of His Imperial Majesty).
In Japanese, it consists of just five lines and 32 characters, making it the shortest national anthem in the world.
The song lyrics are as follows:
May your dominion be
On for a thousand, eight thousand generations
Up to the small pebbles
Grow into massive boulders
Lush with moss
Japanese (Latin alphabet)
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Iwao to narite
Made koke no musu
When was the Japanese national anthem written?
Kimigayo first appeared around the year 920 as an anonymous poem.
The first line initially read “waga kimi wa”, meaning “my lord”.
In 1869, Irish military band leader John William Fenton noticed that Japan had no national anthem and decided to write one.
However, its tune proved unpopular and was replaced by Kimigayo just eleven years later, with the new tune being based on traditional Japanese court music.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/3316995/japan-national-anthem-lyrics-kimigayo-world-cup/ Lyrics of the Japanese national anthem: All the words to Kimigayo – the shortest national anthem in the world