Japanese People Miss Outgoing Heisei Era


Tokyo, April 30 (Jiji Press)--A number of people in Japan are feeling nostalgic about the Heisei era, which ends at midnight Tuesday (3 p.m. GMT) in line with the abdication of Emperor Akihito the same day.

Many gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in the rain and watched on their smartphones a live stream of the "Taiirei-Seiden-no-Gi" abdication ceremony, which was held at the palace from 5 p.m.

"I think Japanese people put their hearts together with a feeling of gratitude for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko," said Yuko Kase, 61, a farmer from the city of Asahi, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

"It was fun living in the Heisei era," Niina Nakayama, 13, a junior high school second-grader in Utsunomiya, the capital of Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, said. From Wednesday, when the new era, Reiwa, starts, "I'll be a person who was born in an old era," Nakayama said with a laugh.

At Heisei Station on the Hohi Line of Kyushu Railway Co. <9142>, or JR Kyushu, people purchased platform tickets with the last date of the Heisei era and the name of the station printed on them, and took photos in front of the station signage.

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