Japanese hopeful as Reiwa era begins

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Fancy some Reiwa macarons or okonomiyaki pancakes, or gulping down Reiwa lager? Businesses are cashing in on commemorative items as Japan is in festive cheer to mark the imperial handover and change in era.

An occasion usually associated with grief, due to the death of a ruler, has this time around become a celebration of the legacy of former emperor Akihito, and hope under the reign of his successor, Emperor Naruhito.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2019, with the headline Japanese hopeful as Reiwa era begins. Subscribe