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Canada Day!! 150 Years Anniversary

July 8, 2017

July 1 is Canada Day and my Canadian friends are proudly posting “Love Canada!” on Facebook. However, it is not common for Japanese to make “Love Japan!” posts aside from times where the Olympic Games or international sport events are being held. If its done too much, they are viewed as being Right Wing extremists.  I respect their humility though.

On Canada day, I asked my daughter to listen to the Canadian national anthem via the internet.  One can hear this national anthem at public events like hockey games since it represent the heart and soul of Canadians.The anthem is played at the peak of the audience's mood, so you will really feel the energy.

I’ve never really looked at the lyrics of the Canadian national anthem and there were some parts of it I couldn’t catch, so I looked them up from a google search. It is sung in both English and French, although it is a little known fact that it was originally created in the latter language (which even my Canadian husband did not know)

Here are the lyrics.

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O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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We don't usually use the word "thee" in conversations, so I understand why I could not catch some words.

God keep our land glorious and free!

This national anthem represent all the key words stands for Canada. Far and wide, the North, Strong and the song is very simple just like Canada. The most symbolic word is the Free.

National anthems are loved by many people for a long time. Here I realized how symbolic national anthems are. 

 

The website I was looking at when researching the Canadian anthem was quite interesting and I used it check out those of America and England while I was at it. The British national anthem contains the symbolic words  “Queen” and “Christianity”. The Star Spangled Banner, which is the American national anthem, is the story of their war in 1812 (with England). Most shocking for me was that Japanese national anthem was actually created by a non-Japanese person!!  

 

I think it would be interesting to present the cultural background of English speaking countries through national anthems to my little Japanese students.

To our beloved Joe, Canadians love jokes, beer and free spirit!

Here is the rare French version of O Canada by Celine Dion. She is from Quebec and can sing American anthem and Canadian anthem.

 

 

 

 

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