Kimi ga Yo

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Kimi ga Yo  (1880) 
Lyrics by Anonymous; Melody by Yoshiisa Oku and Akimori Hayashi, supervised by Hiromori Hayashi (original melody by John William Fenton)
Kimi ga Yo (君が代, "May your reign last forever") is Japan's national anthem, and is also one of the world's shortest national anthems in current use. The lyrics are based on a waka poem written in the Heian period (794-1185), sung to a melody written in the later Meiji era (1868–1945). The current melody was chosen in 1880, replacing an unpopular melody composed eleven years earlier.— Excerpted from Kimigayo on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
1930 recording (1m 30s, 1.4 MB, help | file info or download)



Lyrics in Latin alphabet[edit]

Kimi ga yo wa
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Sazare-ishi no
Iwao to narite
Koke no musu made


May your reign
Continue for a thousand years, for eternity,
Until pebbles
Grow into boulders
Covered in moss.

Translation by Basil Hall Chamberlain[edit]

Thousands of years of happy reign be thine!
Rule on, my Lord, till what are pebbles now,
By age united, to great rocks shall grow,
Whose venerable sides the moss doth line.