Japan follows the Chinese zodiac, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig (Boar). 2019 just isn't any Year of the Boar though, it is the "Golden Year of the Pig (Boar)" (己亥年), which many say is to bring you a great year of fortunes. Being the Golden Year of the Pig (Boar) isn't the only thing to happen in 2019, it is also the final year of Japan's Heisei era. With that, what sort of things can Japan expect to change if any?
The End of Japan's Heisei Era (平成)
What Sort of Things to Expect in Japan 2019
Japan's Heisei era ends in April 2019. Why? Because the Emperor of Japan Akihito has decided to step down, being the first Emperor to do that in some 200 years (most emperors continue until they pass away, then their son or grandson is next in line).
If only that was the only thing to change in Japan, but Prime Minister Abe and his party have decided to make a change to the tax starting in October 2019. Currently, Japan's consumption tax is 8%, but rather than just raising it to 10%, they made a weird and confusing system to where in some cases you can still get 8%.
From Hokkaido to Okinawa～
The beautiful snow kingdom, Hokkaido
Okinawa's Mission Beach
Last year, JAPANKURU went all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa, and tried to convey more lively and interesting Japanese stories for everyone. After all the places JAPANKURU has been in 2018, we look forward to all the latest and exciting Japanese tourist information to you in 2019!
JAPANKURU's mascot KURUKI
We know everyone celebrates New Year's at a different time all around the world, but JAPANKURU would like to say thank you for your support in 2018 and look forward to continuing our stories together in 2019!