For Japan’s small but extremely vocal number of ultra-nationalists, National Foundation Day (February 11) is like New Year, the brazen denial of war crimes and the birth of a male heir to the imperial throne all rolled into one. A day to angrily drive about, make as much noise as possible and dust off one’s flag emblazoned finery.
Not to mention of course the very justified celebration of Japan’s wonderfully varied culture and history. Yet it’s a goal apparently best achieved by venomously deriding the wonderfully varied culture and history of many other countries. Or failing that, the simple dislike of anyone who doesn’t happen to be Japanese.