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Early Showa doll | The Shōwa period (potentially "period of enlightened peace/harmony" or "period of radiant Japan"), or era, is the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of the Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito, from Dec 25, 1926, through Jan 7, 1989 | The Shōwa period was longer than the reign of any previous Jap. emperor. During the pre-1945 period, Japan moved into political totalitarianism, ultranationalism & fascism culminating in Japan's invasion of China in 1937. This was part ...