Today is a public holiday. Originally April 29 was celebrated as the birthday of the Emperor, but he died, and it became Greenery Day. Then it changed again to Showa Day, a remembrance of the Showa Era.

Well, I have heard that in the Showa era, they did not have family restaurants. I gather they had little izakayas and ramen stands, not Denny’s. Things have changed!

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I just checked, and the Showa Era lasted from 1926 to 1989. So I’m sure they had family restaurants towards the end of the Showa Era. But not the earlier and middle part.