Writing dates in Japanese language, and the Japanese calender in Japan.
How to write dates in Japanese language
There are a number of ways to write dates in Japanese
For example, let us show you how we write the year 2007.
In this 3 examples, the first example
is rarely used and the most commonly used in the
In Japanese, zero is usually written as 0.
|This is 2007 written out in full using kanji
The last character means "year" in Japanese.
|This time, 2007 is written as it looks 2-0-0-7 in Japanese kanji.|
|We also write the years in arabic numbers as well with the year kanji symbol after the numbers.|
The Japanese calender
The Japanese system of "era
called Nengo is defined by the length of rule of
each Emperor, Ten nou hei ka. In Japan, once an
Empeor die, normally his son becomes next Emeror,
Ten nou and he is referred to by the name of his
The current Emeror, (2007) is Akihito, began his reign in 1989 and his era is called Hei sei.
"Hei sei" means "Attainment of Peace" in Japanese.
Writing the year according to the Nengo sysytem is as follow.
To match this to the Western calender, you count up from and including 1989 which was the year Akihito become the Japanese Emeperor and Heisei 1st year.
Heisei 19th year equals to 2007.
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