Reiwa

Reiwa and related kanji.
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Reiwa: A ‘Beautiful Harmony’ of Japanese Words Old and New

The new era is an opportunity to learn about majestic words both common and obscure.

By 5 min read

Culture

A Timeline of Emperor Akihito’s Reign of Japan

Japan's Emperor Akihito has stepped down. Here we look back at his reign over the Heisei era.

By 10 min read

Culture

Golden Week in Japan Starts Tomorrow But Many People Aren’t Happy

Widespread closures and sky-high prices mean that 45% aren't happy about this year’s extra-long holiday.

By 5 min read

Culture

Documents Reveal Japan Has Considered a Female Monarch Since the 90s

Could we see an empress rule Japan in the next era?

By 3 min read

Live

Here’s What Japanese Twitter Thinks of the New Era Name

From political musings to lewd jokes, "Reiwa" has got people talking.

By 4 min read

Culture

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Emperor’s Abdication

Think Emperor Akihito’s abdication is a typical matter of protocol in Japan? Think again.

By 6 min read

Live

Reiwa: The Start of a New Era in Japan

Japan’s new era will start on May 1 and is all about people “beautifully” nurturing culture.

By 3 min read

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Into the Mind of Shintaro Kago, One of Japan’s Most Infamous Erotic Manga Artists