Last Day of Heisei

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    Last Day of Heisei

    平成最後の日


    Today is the last day of Heisei (平成).
    今日は平成最後の日です。

    Do you know about the Japanese gengo (元号)?
    日本の元号のことをご存知でしょうか。

    Gengo is a kind of ways of counting years (regnal era name) that is used in eastern Asia, and in modern Japan, it changes in association with the enthronement of the new Emperor.
    元号はアジア東部における紀年法の一種で、近代の日本では天皇の即位に伴って元号も変わります。

    It is Heisei (平成) now, but it will become Reiwa (令和) from tomorrow (after about one hour).
    今は「平成」ですが、明日(約1時間後)からは「令和」になります。

    Incidentally, the period of Heisei is about 30 years, and it was Shōwa (昭和) before heisei
    ちなみに平成は約30年で、平成の前は「昭和」です。

    Sadly, people who were born in Shōwa are sometimes treated as old men/women.
    悲しいことに、「昭和生まれ」は年配扱いされることもあります。

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