Gus Jae (gusjae@channel1.com)
Wed, 14 Jul 1999 20:08:06 -0400


Thank dude. Much needed help there.
Gus Jae
gusjae@channel1.com
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From: -Z- <Z@Gundam.Com>
To: <gundam@aeug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 8:52 PM
Subject: Re: [gundam] OT- Jpanese Calendar Conversion Site

> At 23:50 7/12/1999 -0400, you wrote:
> >Sorry about the OT, but does anyone know where I can find a web site that
> >may clue me in on the Japanese Calendar system? I can't figure out what
> >year some books were printed since the year refers to the number of years
> >based on the emperor. Please help.
>
> There are *two* Japanese calendar systems. One is a traditional Asian
> lunar calendar dating back to the purported ascension of First Emperor
> Jimmu in 660 BC. By this reckoning, called Nihon Kiyomi, the current year
> is NK 2659.
>
> The other calendar is the one to which you refer, based on the reigns of
> the various emperors. The current reign is Heisei, which began with the
> ascension of Akihito in 1989, so you convert AD to Heisei by subtracting
> 1988 and from Heisei to AD by adding 1988. By this reckoning, the current
> year is Heisei 11.
>
> Previous to Heisei was Showa, which began with the ascension of Hirohito
in
> 1926, so subtract 1925 from any AD date between 1926 and 1988, inclusive.
> By this reckoning, Gundam debuted in Showa 54. I was born in Showa 26.
>
> Prior to Showa is a short reign whose details elude me, but I think the
> name of the reign is Toshi and it began in 1912. Subtract 1911 from any
AD
> date between 1912 and 1925, inclusive. My dear friend Iva Toguri was born
> in Toshi 5.
>
> The earliest era with which I'm familiar is the Meiji, which began in 1868
> with the ascension of Mutsuhito. Subtract 1867 from any AD date between
> 1868 and 1911, inclusive. The American Centennial was in Meiji 9 and the
> Panama Canal was constructed in Meiji 43.
>
> If you've got anything from before the Meiji Restoration, you're on your
own!
>
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