Maybe you have heard about it.
Japan has entered a new era called Reiwa 令和 with the new Emperor from May 1.
The eras are
Meiji – Taisho – Showa – Heisei – Reiwa after the Samurai (Edo) period was over in 1867.
We had Showa for 63 years and Heisei for 31 years.
Japan had the war in Showa and big earthquake/tsunami in Heisei. So we wish Reiwa to be an era of peace.
Reiwa’s wa is 和. Peace is 平和. This 和（wa) means ‘harmony’
There is a bit of difficulty, though.
If I am told that someone was born in the 50th year of Showa, I need to add the years of Showa, Heisei and Reiwa. It is not simple even for Japanese. So we usually convert the year from Showa 50th to 1975, e.g.
I was chatting with Kyureido today.
I was informed that
there would be no more logo of 極 and fine kalla. (Please see the picture)
I asked them the reason, they say Japanese consumers like a handle with no logo brush. Well, I told them that many of my clients liked Kanji 極, but the decision seemed to be made….
Brush companies should be attentive to foreign clients, And I think it important for me to tell them what you like ))