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News from Japan - February 11, 2022

Kenkoku Kinen no hi, Japan's foundation day

Kenkoku Kinen no hi, Japan's foundation day

February 11 is a traditional holiday in Japan: Kenkoku Kinen no hi (建国記念の日), or “Day of Commemoration of the Foundation of Japan”. It commemorates the first Japanese emperor, Jimmu.

However, this celebration is based on a myth. The existence of the first Japanese Emperor is not historically proven. Published in 720, the Nihon Shoki is one of the only official works on the history of Japan. It describes the original history of the Japanese imperial family. The Japanese state would thus have been founded on February 11, 660 BC by Emperor Jimmu.

Formerly called “Empire Day” (Kigensetsu), this date was one of the most important days of the year. It was the symbol of the unification and patriotism of the people under the reign of the Emperor. We organized parades and festivals, we sang the national anthem and bowed down before portraits of the Emperor.

This day was abolished by the Americans, following the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II.

Since 1966, February 11 has again been celebrated, but with less fervor than in the past. It is now “Day of Commemoration of the Foundation of the Country”, rather than “Day of Empire”.

Most Japanese take advantage of this holiday to rest, they display flags and must reflect on their belonging to the nation.


2021 Manga Characters Award

Eren Jäger (Attack on Titan) nnominated in the 2021 Manga Characters Award

 A Manga Characters of the Year 2021 Award is organized by Magadamy Award.

Recently, the 17 nominees for Best Characters were announced, in four categories: Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The votes, online, took place from December 9, 2021 to January 5, 2022, and concerned all manga characters of all genres. The winning characters in each category will be announced on March 16. Here is the list of nominees:


"Best Lead Actor": 

- Eren Jäger (Attack on Titan)

--Sakamichi Onoda (Yowamushi Pedal)

- Totonou Kunou (Do Not Say Mystery)

- But Nanba (Space Brothers)

- Bojji (The Rank of Kings)


"Best Leading Actress":

--Hayame Katsuragi (Promesse Cendrillon)

- Yoi Takiguchi (In the twilight moonlight)

- Freeze (Freeze : Beyond Journey's End)

- Mao Mao (The Apothecary's Diary: Book of Resolutions of the Mysteries of Mao Mao's Palace Cloister)

--Yona (Yona of The Dawn)


 "Best Actor in a Supporting Role": 

- Toru Amuro (Detective Conan)

- Kage (The Rank of Kings)

--Manjiro Sano (Tokyo Revengers)

- Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)


 "Best Supporting Actress":

- Yoko Sato (The Fable)

- Yua Takahashi (Tomorrow I'll be someone's girlfriend)

--Shinobu Wakamiya (Chihayafuru)


An innovative headrest relieves your neck to look at your smartphone

An innovative japanese headrest relieves your neck to look at your smartphone

Have you ever felt neck pain while looking at your smartphone, reading a book or playing video games?

It looks like the solution has been found! This is an innovative headrest. It holds the head, whether on the back or on the stomach, without us having to make any effort to keep our head up.

The “Lying Face Down Sleep Cushion Z”, designed by Thanko, allows you to place your head between two cushions (back or front). Although it seems superfluous, it is likely that this object can relieve many people who are on their phone.


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