The 11th of February is the National Foundation Day in Japan. It's called Kenkoku Kinen no Hi (建国記念の日) and has been a bank holiday since 1966. This day was originally celebrated as the first emperor Jin-mu founded Japan – back then called Yamato- in 660B.C.

This Emperor Jin-mu is actually a part of Japanese mythology. According to Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan), the second oldest Japanese classic history book, the Mikado, Iwarebi no Mikoto who unified Japan was the Emperor Jin-mu.

In many places in Japan you can see parades like this,

On the day of Japan's birthday, my page, Iromegane has born today.It's been nearly 10 years since I started wondering around the world. I went to the west, to the continent down south then now here I am in Madrid for 3 years.

I have a question to you.

"What is Japan?"

Mt. Fuji?

Geisha?

Pikachu?

Pachinko?

Or Evangelion?

Hmm, so who are Japanese people?

Morning rush hour?

Kosupure Gyaru?

So many images are out there but surprisingly it's not really known who Japanese people really are. I don't know how many shocking comments and questions people asked me about Japan.

Iromegane makes things all clear about Japan, Japanese culture and people. Hope this helps to make Japanese people more transparent for you and for us.