Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
May 3rd is Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi / 憲法記念日).
Frankly, I doubt I will know the significance of this patriotic holiday if it is not for my etegami series. In fact, all of my books on Japan simply describe Kenpo Kinenbi with just a sentence or two. Here is an example:
A day to commemorate the enactment of the Constitution of Japan in 1947.
[Talking about Japan Q&A by Kodansha Bilingual Books (1996/pg.245)]
This totally gives me no clue on what to draw on my picture postcard. So I goggled around and found more information on the internet. The articles by Wikipedia & Honor Dargan (TokyoTopia) had given me a good background on the Constitution of Japan.
After being defeated in World War II, Japan had to replace their own Meiji Constitution (absolute monarchy) with the present Constitution (democracy). Of which, it was drawn by the Allied Powers and was put into effect on this day in 1947. Since then, the emperor of Japan lost his supreme sovereignty and became the symbol of the nation. Having to observe fundamental human rights, Japan will no longer be able to wage war, or settle international disputes through the use of force. Her military forces are only permitted for self-defence and peace-keeping purposes.
After knowing all these, I really appreciate the Constitution. Personally, I felt that it has done so much good to the country. Seeing the world rushes to Japan’s aid when the calamity strikes in 2011, was enough evidence that she had managed to shed her militaristically aggressive image over time, and became a peace-loving nation that everyone loves (especially me :P).
Here is the second Golden Week’s etegami I did
featuring Constitution Memorial Day.
May the peace of Japan continues.
(And I pray for world peace as other warring nations follow suit too.)