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First Reiwa (令和) Sky

So, this is the sunrise (over the roof) 1st of April 2019  06:18 ( = British Summer time 07:18) by Zeiss 18mm F3.5 on Nikon 850

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And this is the same sky but a minuets before of the top photo, taken by 110 Pentax 24mm on Nikon Z7   (It seems Zeiss lens showed much clear image —– of course, 110 lens costed me only few pounds as a junk, in contrast Zeiss was £800 even for a second-hand = be humble, don’t expect too much)    😀

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PS : Looking around the Net-sphere, it seemed that the news of naming the new era in Japan took so much attention from all over the world.   The tradition to name the Era originally came from Han dynasty of China though,  like most of the culture in China it ceased to exist under the communist rule.  (So that the young Chinese except Taiwanese, even can not read their own classic literature like Laozi 老子, Confucius 孔子 — let alone to understand them)   Yet still, as nearly 1/4 of world population is Chinese, some of them might have studied classic, hence able to read the “Chinese” character 令和 of which the meaning is more or less the same to us .   (Some character’s meaning is quite different between Chinese and Japanese = such as for flowers, Chinese use 華 , Japanese use 花 but for Chinese this letter 花 mean mor like a lot of mess, therefore 花子 in China mean a beggar wearing tattered rug. — without knowing this, quite few Japanese girl got their name Hanako 花子 ! )

The meaning of the character 令 is “telling or announcing” = so that, with an additional 金 (metal) to its left hand side, like this 鈴 it’s become “Bell”

And the 和 mean “come together or harmonize”  so that a word 平和 mean peace ( 平mean “flat or plain”) = Everybody come together in harmony” is a Peace.

Therefore, 令和 Rei Wa mean, Calling a Harmony  or Telling, be in Peace”.  (May be not as strong as “Shut-up, you the Devil”)   😀     (By the way, officially Reiwa starts on the 1st of may, coinciding with the new Emperor to take the throne.   This, one month ahead schedule was for the people to prepare such as for printing the calendar.)

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