O Showa no Hi (昭和 の 日) is the first of 4 national holidays in the space of 7 days composing the Golden Week (Golden Week), held on 29 in April to commemorate the birthday of the former Emperor of the Showa Era, the Hirohito. This emperor ruled the country from 1926 to 1989, ie before and after World War II and one of the goals of that date is to encourage public reflection on the turbulent 63 years of Hirohito's reign.
- What does the Japanese word Showa mean?
昭 (shou, し ょ う) means bright, and 和 (wa, わ) means peace. Putting them together means Illuminated peace.
- Why should the Japanese reflect on the Showa period?
Marcus Garvey once said that (A people without the knowledge of its history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots). Much of the 20 century was difficult, not only for the people of Japan, but for many other nations as well.
In the 63 years of Emperor Hirohito's rule, Japan witnessed World War II, several coup attempts, its first foreign occupation in history and the "Japanese economic miracle.
National holiday: April 29, Showa Day.