new japanese era name reiwa(令和). what does it mean.

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The era of Japan changed from heisei(平成) to reiwa(令和) on May 1, 2019.

what’s the meaning of this?

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Meaning of reiwa(令和)

The meaning of reiwa is “beautiful harmony“.

rei(令)” has the meaning of “good” and “beautiful“.

Moreover, the structure of the kanji of “rei(令)” includes the meaning of “instruction” in the form of applying to the person who is kneeling.

wa(和)” has the meaning of  “to make friends”, and “we cherish each other and we have a relationship to cooperate”.To be in “harmony“.

Source

The source is Japan’s oldest songbook “Manyoshu(万葉集)”.

fcited from wikipedia



what is Manyoshu(万葉集)?

It is Japan’s oldest songbook of the Nara(奈良) period.

Manyoshu contains songs of about 4,500 necks read by a wide range of people such as the Emperor, the royal family, the poet, and even the farmers.

The prime minister of Japan has said that the Manyoshu is a national book that contains songs read by a wide range of people and that symbolizes rich culture and tradition.

Abe, Japan’s prime minister, said Manyoshu is a national book that contains songs read by a wide range of people and that symbolizes rich culture and tradition.

citation

『初春の月にして、気淑く風らぎ、梅は鏡前の粉を披き、蘭は珮後の香を薫らす』
—万葉集巻五、梅花の歌三十二首の序文

The time is a beautiful moon with a glimpse of things in the early spring, the air is beautiful, the wind is calm, the plum blossoms as the beautiful woman in front of the mirror is dressed in white powder, the orchid is in the clothes to decorate I am as if.

Foreword of Manyoshu vol.5, Baika song 32.

 

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