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Google doodle Celebrating Last Day of The Heisei Period April 30, 2019

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Japan: Today’s Doodle honors the end of an era in Japan—literally—as the sun sets on the Heiseiperiod, whose name translates to “achieving peace.” The nation’s 247th gengō, or era name, began with the ascension of Emperor Akihito in January 8, 1989, and comes to an end as the emperor steps down to make way for his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

The tradition of naming eras dates back to 645 A.D. when Japan’s Emperor Kōtoku took the throne, ushering in a series of reforms to bring about a fair system of government. To emphasize what he hoped would be a fresh start for Japan he adapted the Chinese practice of giving his era a name. Emperor Kōtoku chose Taika meaning “great change.”

Historically, era names have often been inspired by classical Confucian texts and debated by high-ranking officials of the imperial court in a time-honored process of deliberation known as nanchin. Specifically, the gengō aims to express a vision for the future and speaks to the hopes and dreams of the Japanese people.

Google doodle Celebrating Last Day of The Heisei Period April 30, 2019 Google doodle Celebrating Last Day of The Heisei Period April 30, 2019 Reviewed by Aalu sagar on April 29, 2019 Rating: 5

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