Approved in 1893

Author unknown


Latin Transliteration

Kimi gayo wa

Chiyo ni yachiyo ni

Sazare ishi no

Iwao to nari te

Koke no musu made

English Translation

Thousands of years of happy reign be thine;

Rule on, my lord, till what are pebbles now

By age united to mighty rocks shall grow

Who's venerable sides the moss doth line.

Lyrics: Taken from Ancient Poem
Music: Hiromori Hayashi, c.1880
Adopted: 1893