Kimi ga Yo
|Kimi ga Yo (1880)
|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.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|
Lyrics in Latin alphabet
Kimi ga yo wa
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Iwao to narite
Koke no musu made
May your reign
Continue for a thousand years, for eternity,
Grow into boulders
Covered in moss.
Translation by Basil Hall Chamberlain
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.