Thursday, April 28, 2005


It's Midori no Hi in Japan today

(That's "GREENERY DAY"-- The holiday formerly known as the Showa emperor's birthday)

For reasons not too hard to understand, I'm not a huge fan of this holiday. My communist host family in Osaka knew the score: despite it's enviromentally-charming name change & makeover, how could anyone celebrate the birthday of someone who allowed (or helped plan, depending on who you talk to...) a war that caused the deaths and murders of millions?

Soon, Japan's going to change the name back to "Showa no Hi" in 2007, according to this article in the Asahi newspaper

For our "celebration," we're re-posting our first Suehiro Maruo story, "Farewell Showa" -- a sardonic rumination on the passing of Hirohito and the end of a bloody era.

GOOD NEWS! We'll be posting a new Yoshida Sensha strip later tonight!

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