Emperor's Birthday - Japan
national holiday in Japan, December 23rd is a day for celebrating
Birthday - by a throng of Japanese (and just as many tourists!)
- who flock see the Emperor on this special day.
flags, well wishes, and a special address by the Emperor himself
usually mark the occasion.
is also traditionally observed by the entire imperial
family who smile and wave back at adoring crowds from
the window of their official home at the Imperial
Palace in Tokyo.
holiday, called tenno no tanjobi, changes to celebrate
the birthday of each new Emperor who "rules." Since
today the seat of empire only extends to the Japanese
islands, the role of modern Emperor is solely a ceremonial
one in Japan.
is now a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government
similar to Great Britain, but the tradition of Emperor is
still very important symbolically to the Japanese, and the
person who holds the seat still very much beloved.
December 23, 1933, Emperor Akihito was the first in the royal
line of succession allowed to attend a grade school outside
the walls of the palace.
up to shock the nation by marrying Michiko
Shoda, a mere commoner. Like any other normal family,
they would later raised their children at home with them.
to the throne in 1989 after the death of his father Emperor
became Japan's 125th emperor following a long lineage of Japanese
imperial history dating back almost 2,000 years.
the new tradition of throwing off royal trappings,
the imperial couple's only daughter Princess
Sayako made world headlines when she also married a commoner,
in November 2005.
More about the Emperor's birthday around the Web:
Emperor Akihito of Japan Profile
News from Japan
also see in Travel -> Japan Tourist Attractions
see in Holidays -> Children's
Day in Japan