Japan's publishers wait in suspense for next era name

/ Dec 3, 2017

Japan's publishers wait in suspense for next era name

Calendar, diary and fortune-telling businesses are anxiously awaiting for the government to announce the name of Japan's next Imperial era, which is set to begin on May 1, 2019, the day after the Emperor abdicates. In modern Japan, a gengō (era name) lasts for the ...

Emperor and Empress visit Yoron Island to observe 'illusory sandbar'

Nov 17, 2017

Emperor and Empress visit Yoron Island to observe 'illusory sandbar'

Conducting a three-day tour to meet residents of remote islands, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited Yoron Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. The Imperial Couple, who stayed the prior night on Okinoerabu Island, traveled to Yoron to observe what is called an "illusory sandbar" ...