If you read about Japanese history, you will notice time periods are separated into a number of different eras. But what do these era titles mean for Japanese people? Meiji. Taisho. Heisei. These eras denote the reign of a particular emperor over Japanese society.
On May 1st, Japan entered a new era: denoted by the name Reiwa. It was big news for people living in Japan, with commentary and speculation about the new era in every form of media. But, does this change of era really mean anything to Japanese society?
Japanese era designation started in...
Why did I start the Nippon-Go.tokyo?
As a high school student, born and raised in Japan, everything I saw on the first trip to America was new and exciting.
During my college years, I was lucky enough to attend an American football summer training camp in New Jersey.
At twenty years old, I participated the camp as a representative of Japan, wearing a t-shirt with the Japanese flag and Ichiban(number one) written in Kanji characters.
At the end of first day of practice, I was appoached by another player, who asked me what was written on my shirt.
I told him,...