Did you know?: Gengo, Japanese imperial era calendar

Did you know?: Gengo, Japanese imperial era calendar

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

In Japan, we follow both the Western calendar interchangeably with the “Gengo” calendar. Gengo is the name of the Imperial era for the Japanese calendar. 2019 was Heisei 31 in Japan. On April 1st, 2019, Japan revealed the new era name as the emperor would abdicate the throne to his son at the end of April. Beginning May 1st, 2019, the new era was named “Reiwa,” which according to the Japanese consulate means “beautiful harmony.” In records and history, 2019 was associated as both Heisei 31 and Reiwa 1. The current year 2022 is Reiwa 4.



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