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Japanese Calendar

Japanese Calendar

Why do dates have to be confusing in Japan? I’ve already began to stop asking simple questions to answers I know that will be complicated. But here’s my understanding of the year system.

It’s 2017 now, but in Japan, on most identity forms and applications, you’ll see it’s listed as: Heisei 29 or 平成 29

Heisei Chart

Heisei 29 = 2017

Heisei 28 = 2016

…..

Heisei 3 = 1991

Heisei 2 = 1990

Heisei 1 = 1989

I think you get the idea. But at 1989 , it stops about here. And suddenly it becomes the time period of the Showa.

If you were born in 1988, you’re suddenly in Showa 63.

They started their year counting system based on the emperor reigning time.

  •  1989 – Present ~ Heisei Era
  •  1926 – 1989 ~ Showa Era
  •  1912 – 1926 ~ Taisho Era

Heisei Era

Western Calendar Japanese Calendar Western Calendar Japanese Calendar
2018 Heisei 30 2003 Heisei 15
2017 Heisei 29 2002 Heisei 14
2016 Heisei 28 2001 Heisei 13
2015 Heisei 27 2000 Heisei 12
2014 Heisei 26 1999 Heisei 11
2013 Heisei 25 1998 Heisei 10
2012 Heisei 24 1997 Heisei 9
2011 Heisei 23 1996 Heisei 8
2010 Heisei 22 1995 Heisei 7
2009 Heisei 21 1994 Heisei 6
2008 Heisei 20 1993 Heisei 5
2007 Heisei 19 1992 Heisei 4
2006 Heisei 18 1991 Heisei 3
2005 Heisei 17 1990 Heisei 2
2004 Heisei 16 1989 Heisei 1 / Showa 64

Showa Era

Western Calendar Japanese Calendar Western Calendar Japanese Calendar
1989 Showa 64 / Heisei 1 1957 Showa 32
1988 Showa 63 1956 Showa 31
1987 Showa 62 1955 Showa 30
1986 Showa 61 1954 Showa 29
1985 Showa 60 1953 Showa 28
1984 Showa 59 1952 Showa 27
1983 Showa 58 1951 Showa 26
1982 Showa 57 1950 Showa 25
1981 Showa 56 1949 Showa 24
1980 Showa 55 1948 Showa 23
1979 Showa 54 1947 Showa 22
1978 Showa 53 1946 Showa 21
1977 Showa 52 1945 Showa 20
1976 Showa 51 1944 Showa 19
1975 Showa 50 1943 Showa 18
1974 Showa 49 1942 Showa 17
1973 Showa 48 1941 Showa 16
1972 Showa 47 1940 Showa 15
1971 Showa 46 1939 Showa 14
1970 Showa 45 1938 Showa 13
1969 Showa 44 1937 Showa 12
1968 Showa 43 1936 Showa 11
1967 Showa 42 1935 Showa 10
1966 Showa 41 1934 Showa 9
1965 Showa 40 1933 Showa 8
1964 Showa 39 1932 Showa 7
1963 Showa 38 1931 Showa 6
1962 Showa 37 1930 Showa 5
1961 Showa 36 1929 Showa 4
1960 Showa 35 1928 Showa 3
1959 Showa 34 1927 Showa 2
1958 Showa 33 1926 Showa 1 / Taisho 15

Taisho Era

Western Calendar Japanese Calendar Western Calendar Japanese Calendar
1926 Taisho 15 / Showa 1 1918 Taisho 7
1925 Taisho 14 1917 Taisho 6
1924 Taisho 13 1916 Taisho 5
1923 Taisho 12 1915 Taisho 4
1922 Taisho 11 1914 Taisho 3
1921 Taisho 10 1913 Taisho 2
1920 Taisho 9 1912 Taisho 1

Simple enough?

 

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