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My username is derived from Tenmei (天明), which was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. "year name") during the years from 1781 through 1789. The new era was designated to mark the enthronement of Emperor Kōkaku-tennō (光格天皇) in 1781.
1993 Nobel Prize in Literature lecture
"I don't know whether the bird you are holding is dead or alive, but what I do know is that it is in your hands. It is in your hands."