Today and tomorrow are the anniversaries of a few events in Japan.
One is happy and two are tragic. The bad ones are first.
- Today (2009 June 8 ) is the one-year anniversary of the shocking 秋葉原通り魔事件 (Akihabara attack).
One year ago today, a 26 year old man drove his truck into a crowd of people in busy 秋葉原 (Akihabara, Tokyo) and then he got out of his truck and stabbed people with a knife.
A number of people were killed or seriously injured by him. He is currently in prison on murder and attempted murder charges.
- Today is also the anniversary of another tragic event in Japan.
Eight years ago today, on 2001 June 8, was the 「附属池田小事件」 (Osaka School Massacre).
A man in 大阪 (Osaka, Japan) went into an 小学校 (elementary school) and stabbed children at random.
He killed eight children and injured fifteen.
He was convicted of the crimes and executed five years ago.
- Tomorrow (2009 June 9) is the sixteenth wedding anniversary of the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan.
On 1993 June 9, 浩宮様 (Honorable Hironomiya*) married a commoner named 小和田雅子 (Masako Owada**), who was a diplomat who graduated from Harvard University.
(* Overseas, the Japanese prince is often called by his birth name (Naruhito), but in Japan, he is only refered to by the respectful 「浩宮様」 (Honorable Hironomiya).)
(** 小和田雅子 (Masako Owada) is now refered to as 雅子様 (Princess Masako).)
I came to Japan in 1990, so I was in Japan for all of these events and I remember them all well.