Kimi ga Yo (蜷帙′莉｣, Kimi ga Yo) (often translated as "Imperial Reign") is Japan's National Anthem, and is also one of the world's shortest national anthems in current use. The lyrics are based on a Waka poem written in the Heian Period, sung to a melody written in the later Meiji Era.
Although Kimi ga Yo has long been Japan's de facto national anthem, it was only legally recognized as such in 1999 with the passing of the Law Concerning the National Flag and Anthem (photo: Mount Fuji /source: Wikipedia).
Lyrics and Translation
May Thy peaceful reign last long!