Beautiful Harmony

Ideals of peace and harmony a guide for the younger generation to make this world a better place

May 1 in Japan is the dawn of the new era of Reiwa (令和, Beautiful Harmony). The entire country is abuzz with excitement, hope, and anticipation.

Empress Masako will accompany Emperor Naruhito, along with their daughter Princess Aiko

On this day, Naruhito, the 126th emperor of Japan will ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne. The new Empress Masako will accompany him, along with their daughter Princess Aiko.

The name Reiwa is made of two kanji characters. The first, rei, means beautiful. The second, wa, means harmony or peace. Wa is also the word for everything Japanese, as in washoku (Japanese food,)  and wafuku (Japanese clothing, including kimono.)

2019 will officially be known as Reiwa 1. The new era will be used on birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, health insurance cards, train tickets, stamps, coins, receipts, and numerous other documents.

Reiwa will shape the collective Japanese mindset perhaps for decades. I hope its maxim of peace becomes a guide for the younger generation to make this world a better place.

Yoshi

Yoshi is a contributing editor for Miyazaki Whispers. She holds a 5-dan rank in Japanese Kyudo Archery, and has lived and worked in Japan, UK and US in global marketing and as an IT localization professional. Yoshi's interests are Japanese and western cuisine and kimono art.
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Yoshi is a contributing editor for Miyazaki Whispers. She holds a 5-dan rank in Japanese Kyudo Archery, and has lived and worked in Japan, UK and US in global marketing and as an IT localization professional. Yoshi's interests are Japanese and western cuisine and kimono art.
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3 Responses to Beautiful Harmony

  1. Avatar Sabrina McHarg says:

    Hello ladies of Wawaza from Colorado!
    As always, reading your Miyazaki Whispers puts me in a positive reflective mood. Here in Colorado, the coming of a new spring is announced not necessarily by an abundance of vegetation, but by a sound. That sound is our humming birds that arrived last week! Someone needs to write a haiku about this! Thank you for sharing some of your culture and history. I am wishing Japan’s citizens a joyous transition!

  2. Avatar Manuel Terrazas says:

    May this new era bring many good things to Japan. I love studying and learning all I can about Japan and its people and culture.

    I enjoy reading your blog!

    May Emperor Naruhito and his family live a long and fruitful life.

  3. Avatar Iris Rivera says:

    Hello,

    I just enjoy so much your articles and educational things related to Japan.
    For some reason I have always have had an interest in the Japanese culture.
    I read many of the articles and blog. I purchase the varies types of Japanese
    tea. I just enjoy sipping the different teas, love the flavor and the aromas.
    I will be traveling next year to Japan for vacation with my husband and cant wait.
    I recommend Wawaza site to friends and family.
    I have also started to read about skin care products.
    Thank you,

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