Today’s Google Doodle – what is the Heisei period and who is Japan Emperor Akhito?


GOOGLE’s doodle on April 30 marks the end of the Heisei area in Japan.

But what is the period which translates as “achieving peace”?

Tuesday’s doodle marks the end of Japan’s Heisei era

What is the Heisei era?

This era, or “gengo”, began when Emperor Akihito took the throne on January 8, 1989.

It has now ended with Akihito stepping down making way for his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito.

This is the 247th Japanese gengo.

Who is Emperor Akihito?

Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch to take the throne under a post-war constitution that defines the emperor as a symbol of the people without political power.

His father, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was considered a living deity until after Japan’s 1945 defeat, when he renounced his divinity.

Akihito, together with Empress Michiko, his wife of 60 years and the first commoner to marry an imperial heir, carved out an active role as a symbol of reconciliation, peace and democracy.

The Emperor, who has had treatment for prostate cancer and heart surgery, said in a televised address in 2016 that he feared his age would make it hard for him to carry out his duties fully.

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Emperor Akihito has stepped down making way for its eldest son[/caption]

Why does Japan name its eras?

The tradition of naming gengos dates back to 645AD when Emperor Kōtoku took the throne.

He introduced reforms developing a fairer system of government.

To reflect the changes he had made, he decided to adopt Chinese practice of naming eras.

He chose Taika meaning “great change.”

Gengos aims to express a vision for the future and inspire the Japanese people.

Specifically, the gengō aims to express a vision for the future and speaks to the hopes and dreams of the Japanese people.

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

Google kicked off 2019 with an animated Doodle of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

And on February 5, 2019, the Chinese New Year was celebrated with a hand animation transforming into a pig.

St Patrick’s Day in March 17 was remembered with a Celtic Google Doodle.

And on march 21 Google Doodle used AI for the first time in a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Doodle allowed users to create their own tune.

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