Japan’s imperial era “REIWA(令和)” and Cherry blossoms in Japan - 2019 -


Hi, how are you?

We feel it is getting warmer in NY.

It is also spring season in Japan.

Kimono bears with Cherry blossom

Today’s blog is about a New Imperial Era in Japan and Cherry Blossoms.



The government in Japan announced a new imperial era called “REIWA(令和).”

The era will change from HEISEI(平成) to REIWA(令和) on May 1 2019.


Prime Minister Abe in Japan explained the meaning of “REIWA".


It is a culture of people with beautiful minds to help each other.


According to Japanese literary scholar,

REI(令) means god’s message to become friendly to all.

WA(和) means harmony or peace.


So REIWA means “ Let’s keep peace and harmony as warm spring season starts.


The root of these Kanji characters is from Japan’s oldest anthology of poems

called “Man-you-shu.”


Man-you-shu is Japan’s national treasure classic book. It is a symbol of traditional

culture for the Japanese.


This part of Man-you-shuu is written by writer Tabibito (traveler) of Ootomo. (大伴旅人)



They are from “Man you shuu” /volume 5 /Song for plum flower /a part of section 32 and prologue:


万葉集 巻5  梅花歌32首 併せて 序章

「初月月、気淑風和、梅披鏡前之粉、蘭薫佩後之香」


新春の好き月、空気は美しく風はやわらかに

梅は、美女の鏡の前に装う白粉の如き、香りを漂わせている


Here is our translation:


It is a good month for the start of Spring

The air is beautiful and the wind is soft

The plum tree has a fragrance like the smell of white powder on a beautiful lady

sitting in front of the mirror


These verses are referenced to be a part of Rey (令 / good month for starting)


We hope we can keep peace with beautiful minds and

help each other with kindness


By the way, cherry blossom blooms in the first week of April.

In Japan, it signals a season of new beginning. It’s a new start for schools and companies.


We will share a little knowledge about Cherry blossoms in America.


Cherry blossom is a symbol of Japan. In 1910, the Mayor of Tokyo send 2,000 Cherry blossoms to Washington DC as a symbol of friendship between Japan and America. But the first shipment failed because it was damaged by pest during the export from Japan. The Mayor sent another 6,040 Cherry blossoms again in 1912. These had no problem at all about pest. To thank Japan, America sent 60 dogwoods (a plant that’s an American symbol) to Japan in 1915.


After 100 years(2015), The original dogwood had survive 1 of 60 in Japan.


Family with Matcha chiffon and pudding

Japan and America continue to keep good and friendly relationship.



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