Japanese Gengo and the end of the Heisei Period
Currently in Japan, the word “Heisei-
Heisei（平成） is the
What is Gengo(元号)?
Do you know the word “Heisei(平成)”? Japan has the calendar, “
Gengo came from China and in Japan started to be used in 645. The first era name of Japan is “大化”（Taika）. Gengo has been used for more than 1000 years, and it often changed depending on the political situation. From the Meiji period, the Government decided to change the
Era names of Japan after modernization are 明治（Meiji, from 1868 to 1912）,大正（Taisho, from 1912 to 1926）,昭和（Showa, from1926 to 1989）,平成（Heisei, from 1989 to 2019）. These have origin from old China books. The meaning of them is below.
明治: The world will be governed in a bright direction.
大正: Heaven accepts the people’s words and the government is done correctly.
平成: Peace will be achieved both inside and outside, both heaven and earth.
Now is the year of Heisei 31, Heisei started in 1989 when the present emperor ascended the throne.
Japanese people use both A.D. and
The end of Heisei
On May 1, 2019, the present Emperor will abdicate and the Crown Prince will newly ascend as the Emperor. So, at the end of April 2019, Heisei Period will be over, and the
“The end of Heisei” is a fad now in Japan. As usual, the Japanese get hot to the extraordinary event and the press excites people through on TV programs etc.
Now It has become popular in Japan to look back over the 30 years of Heisei on TV and on the internet. Some people enjoy anticipating new
And, I often also hear from TV programs and websites that “This is Heisei-
” This is Heisei-
” This is Heisei-
I have become tired of them. Lol.
To a new period “令和(Reiwa)”
Some people say, “The Showa period after the war was the era of a good old Japan. The Heisei period for 30 years is the era of stagnation, fragmentation, and disasters”.
I raised up in the Heisei Period. I guess Heisei is often compared with Showa by people that know Showa.
The new gengo was announced on April 1, 2019. It is “令和(Reiwa) “! I wonder what happens in the next period. I would like to welcome a new era with new feelings.
And perhaps, from May to 1 year definitely, the word “令和(Reiwa)’s first” in Japan will be popular. Lol
Japanese OL. (OL means “office lady”. Women who work in offices.)
I was born in a rural part of the Kanto area in the latter half of the 1980s. I live and work in Tokyo now. I live with my husband. I study English by writing this blog!