Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Change of Era in Japan;

From "Heisei"  to "Reiwa" 
April 30th, our Emperor Heisei (Akihito) declared his abdication. He succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne upon the death of his father, Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito).  He is the first Japanese monarch to stand down  in the last 202 years. 

The emperor took part in private Shinto ceremonies to start the day.

In his moving speech, he said he wished Japan and the world peace and happiness.
 On  May 1, (next day) Coronation Day of the new Emperor Reiwa.
I was born in Showa-era;  not sure if I will be able to know next era ;-) 
Start to visit you soon !!!


  1. I was born in Showa-era, too, and didn't imagine that I would live in three different eras!

  2. Beautiful photos and so interesting post Miyako! The change of era has been on the Finnish news, too. We all wish World peace!

    Wishing you a beautiful May & all the best for the new emperor of Japan.

  3. Dearest Miyako,
    That was a very short 10 minute ceremony and indeed, since 1817 no emperor has stepped down but remained till death in power. But it is good that his 59 year old crown prince Naruhito can start now.
    In July of 2007 I've been near the emperor's palace; fond memories.
    Hugs and blessings to Japan with their new emperor!