Definition of Showa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈSHōwä/ /ˈʃoʊwɑ/


usually as modifier
  • The period when Japan was ruled by the emperor Hirohito.

    ‘The game takes place during the early Showa period in a mountain village and has you interact with at least six heroines.’
    • ‘However, this activity which bordered on a slave trade did take place almost openly until the early Showa period.’
    • ‘That began to change in the 1930s during the Showa depression and the outbreak of war with China in 1937.’
    • ‘Outside Japan Bakusen Tsuchida is a lesser known but very interesting artist of the Showa period.’
    • ‘‘Sacred Treasures’ consists of 91 samples of paintings, sculptures, textiles and printed works dating from the Heian to the Showa periods.’


Japanese, from shō ‘bright, clear’ + wa ‘harmony’.