Copy of Reiwa Calligraphy Goes on Display

Politics Society

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--A copy of the calligraphic work used to announce the name of Japan's new era, Reiwa, went on display at the National Archives of Japan on Saturday.

The copy, printed on the same kind of traditional Japanese paper as that used for the original Reiwa calligraphy, is on exhibition in a frame of the same type as that for the original work. The duplicated work is displayed in a glass case.

The original calligraphic work, written in black ink, was used by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga when he announced the new era name to the public in a televised news conference on April 1.

Also being showcased with the copy are a photo of the top government spokesman raising the original Reiwa work at the news conference and a poem from Manyoshu, from which the new era name was taken. Manyoshu is the oldest existing collection of "waka" Japanese poems.

"It's a copy, but looks very impressive," Miki Hata, a 50-year-old corporate employee from Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, said while taking pictures of the copy with a smartphone. Hata showed hopes that Reiwa will be a peaceful era.

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