|Western counting years
Names of eras
years in that era
The Western system of counting years (1998, 1999,
200 etc.) is commonly used in Japan, but the traditional Japanese system, based
on the reigns of emperors, is still a part of everyday life. In 1868, the
accession of each new emperor has marked the beginning of a new era. Within each
era the years are numbered starting with one.
The emperor choose an auspicious name for his era and after he dies he is known by that name. During the era he is called " Tennoo or Tennoo Heika" ( Emperor or His Majesty).
Former emperor whose first name is Hirohito (by the way the emperor doesn't have surname.) has been known as Showa Tennoo (昭和 天皇）His era is from 1926 to 1989 long and called that era Showa. So if someone in your family born in 1974,
you also say "He/She was born in Showa 49(しょうわ ４９ねん）"
Workbook page 150, question #7
Fill in each blank with the correct date spelled in hiragana and in kanji, except for years in Gregorian calendar, such as 1996.
Shoowa 20th is______________________
Majority students have written 1946. It is wrong. You must remember 1926 is Shoowa 1st year. So you must add nineteen not twenty. わかりましたか？
You still don't know? Then check the chart below and find it out yourself.