The original Japanese era name "Heisei" has been changed to "Reiwa" from today (2019.5.1)!
There might be many people expecting the era and waiting in front of the television for the announcement one month ago.

The 1st year of Reiwa era!~The meaning and origin of the new Japanese era name~ 令和 れいわ レイワ 新元号

Let’s learn about the meaning included in " Reiwa" and start a new life with a new mood!Since “2019” is Christian era, the 1st year of Reiwa era is Japanese calendar.Composed of “era” and “year", today “Japanese calendar” is only used by Japanese, viewed as a unique culture of Japan now.

The Japanese calendar was born in China more than 2000 years ago. Since Taika Reform in 648, it has started to be used in Japan. "Reiwa" is the 248th Japanese era name! There have been many Japanese era names until now.

By the way, when you want the Japanese calendar revise in the Christian era, you can easily find the last two digits of the year in Christian era, simply by adding “Reiwa (018)” to the number of years in the Japanese calendar!

【the 1st year of Reiwa era 1+018=19 → 2019】

“Reiwa” was derived from “32 songs of plum blossoms” of “Manyoshu”.

(< Manyoshu> Vol.5)The 1st year of Reiwa era!~The meaning and origin of the new Japanese era name~ 令和 れいわ レイワ 新元号

(< Manyoshu> Vol.5)

So far, the Japanese era name has been considered to be derived from Chinese classics, but this time, for the first time the Japanese era name is derived from Japanese classics.

According to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, “The long history and the high-rise culture, the beautiful nature of each season. We will firmly keep on such Japanese national character to the next period. Each Japanese person will have their own hope for tomorrow and a bright future in the new period. ”

It can be said that “Reiwa” is an era in which Japan's distinctiveness is more pronounced, as it is going to be the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2025 Japan International Expo.

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