Reiwa, Heisei and Shōwa: Meaning, Origin and History of Japan’s Eras

This post explains Japan’s imperial era (gengō) and also briefly describes the origins, meanings and zeitgeists of the latest eras ‘Reiwa’, ‘Heisei’ and ‘Shōwa’. What’s 元号 (Gengō)? Japan’s imperial era is called 元号 (gengō). It is used alongside the Western calendar in official documents such as drivers’ licenses and health insurance cards. Usually, the era … Continue reading Reiwa, Heisei and Shōwa: Meaning, Origin and History of Japan’s ErasRead Definition