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National Anthem of Japan (日本国歌)

Kimigayo (君が代) is the national anthem of Japan. It is also one of the world's shortest national anthems. Its lyrics are based on a Waka poem written in the Heian period (794-1185), sung to a melody written in the imperial period (1868--1945). The current melody was chosen in 1880, replacing an unpopular melody composed eleven years earlier. Lyrics:君が代は千代に八千代にさざれ石のいわおとなりてこけの生すまで(Hiragana)きみがよはちよにやちよにさざれいしのいわおとなりてこけのむすまでTransliteration:Kimigayo waChiyo ni yachiyo niSazare-ishi noIwao to nariteKoke no musu madeTranslation:Thousands of years of happy reign be thine;Rule on, my lord, till what are pebbles nowBy ages united to mighty rocks shall growWhose venerable sides the moss doth line.Lyrics: Waka poem, Heian period (794-1185)Music: Yoshiisa Oku, Akimori Hayashi and Franz Eckert, 1880
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