[sumo] New videos, Princess Aiko

Howard Gilbert h.gilbert at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Sep 13 00:12:40 EDT 2006


> On Sep 12, 2006, at 4:42 PM, Joshua Maciel wrote:
>
>> Actually, you'd be shocked to find that most Japanese don't seem to
>> know the names of the two recent emperors. And red herring it may be,
>> when they are named, their names are plastered all over the news for
>> at least a day, if not more, as you are seeing currently.
>>

They don't know the names because in Japanese the given names of the 
Emperors are not used (unlike in the West). The emperor is "Tenno 
Heika" (His Majesty the Emperor), not Emperor Akihito like it is in 
English. Little wonder then that a person in the street might not know 
their given names.

Howard

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