September 18 is Chile’s National Day.
It commemorates the proclamation of the First Governing Body of 1810, and marking the beginning of the Chilean independence process.
In 1808, Napoleon’s enthronement of his brother Joseph as the Spanish King precipitated the drive by the colony for independence from Spain. A national junta (a civil deliberative or administrative council) in the name of Ferdinand – heir to the deposed king – was formed on September 18, 1810. In memory of this day Chile celebrates its National Day on September 18 each year.
Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage (the body of water between South America’s Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica) in the far south. Chilean territory includes Easter Island in Oceania.
In commemoration of the day, we introduce you to a Japanese fashion designer. Mayuko Ban went to South American countries including Chile to share Japanese fashion culture with local people. What did she tell them about? What did she see in Chile? See the photo below for the details.
“To me, Chile is still ‘a distant country’ in various ways.” – Mayuko Ban, Fashion Designer