One of the world's oldest national anthems, Kimigayo
(The Emperor's Reign), was adopted as the National Anthem of Japan in
The lugubrious music was composed in 1880 by Hiromori Hayashi, an Imperial Court musician and was later harmonized according to the Gregorian mode by Franz Eckert, a German bandmaster.
The lyrics are a tanka (5-line, 31-syllable poem) from the Kokinshu, a 10th-century anthology of verse.
Repeated twice, the lyrics are transliterated as:
Kimi ga yo wa / Chiyo ni yachiyo ni / Sazare ishi no /
Iwao to nari te / Koke no musu made.
(Verse by Ki no Tsurayuki, ca. 872-945)
May the reign of the Emperor continue for a thousand, nay, eight thousand generations and for the eternity that it takes for small pebbles to grow into a great rock and become covered with moss.
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