Foreigners across Japan are still referring to the Internet to confirm the year they were born, according to local news sources.

Foreign-born Derrick Burns prefaced his Google search this week by telling the post office clerk he just needed to “quickly check when I was born”.

“I’m pretty sure I was born in Showa 51,” Burns told staff in an attempt to save face.

Post office staff reportedly smiled and bowed in a show of respect and pity for the man.

Recently published research has found gaijin are regularly using search terms such as “Showa”, “Western calendar”, “Japanese calendar”, and “Why are Japanese years still calculated by the number of years the Emperor has reigned?”

Foreigners are now able to find their year of birth by searching “When was I born in Japan The Rising Wasabi?” and examining the chart below.

“The ‘When was I born in Japan The Rising Wasabi?’ chart saved my life,” says 8-years-a-gaijin Stephanie Cook.

“I nearly died from embarrassment when I couldn’t remember my Japanese calendar birthday year, but I was able to reduce that embarrasment from severe to shoganai after referencing the ‘When was I born in Japan The Rising Wasabi?’ chart.

Image: TRW


The「When was I born in Japan The Rising Wasabi?」Chart

2018 Heisei 30
2017 Heisei 29
2016 Heisei 28
2015 Heisei 27
2014 Heisei 26
2013 Heisei 25
2012 Heisei 24
2011 Heisei 23
2010 Heisei 22
2009 Heisei 21
2008 Heisei 20
2007 Heisei 19
2006 Heisei 18
2005 Heisei 17
2004 Heisei 16
2003 Heisei 15
2002 Heisei 14
2001 Heisei 13
2000 Heisei 12
1999 Heisei 11
1998 Heisei 10
1997 Heisei 9
1996 Heisei 8
1995 Heisei 7
1994 Heisei 6
1993 Heisei 5
1992 Heisei 4
1991 Heisei 3
1990 Heisei 2
1989 Heisei 1 / Showa 64
1988 Showa 63
1987 Showa 62
1986 Showa 61
1985 Showa 60
1984 Showa 59
1983 Showa 58
1982 Showa 57
1981 Showa 56
1980 Showa 55
1979 Showa 54
1978 Showa 53
1977 Showa 52
1976 Showa 51
1975 Showa 50
1974 Showa 49
1973 Showa 48
1972 Showa 47
1971 Showa 46
1970 Showa 45
1969 Showa 44
1968 Showa 43
1967 Showa 42
1966 Showa 41
1965 Showa 40
1964 Showa 39
1963 Showa 38
1962 Showa 37
1961 Showa 36
1960 Showa 35
1959 Showa 34
1958 Showa 33
1957 Showa 32
1956 Showa 31
1955 Showa 30
1954 Showa 29
1953 Showa 28
1952 Showa 27
1951 Showa 26
1950 Showa 25
1949 Showa 24
1948 Showa 23
1947 Showa 22
1946 Showa 21
1945 Showa 20
1944 Showa 19
1943 Showa 18
1942 Showa 17
1941 Showa 16
1940 Showa 15
1939 Showa 14
1938 Showa 13
1937 Showa 12
1936 Showa 11
1935 Showa 10
1934 Showa 9
1933 Showa 8
1932 Showa 7
1931 Showa 6
1930 Showa 5
1929 Showa 4
1928 Showa 3
1927 Showa 2
1926 Showa 1 / Taisho 15

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