Meiji Era & Modern Japan (1868-1912)

With the fall of Shogunates, the imperial restoration of Meiji Govt. came into power. The centuries old class division and Feudal System came to an end. Japan opened trade relations with USA and other Europeans powers.

Meiji Govt. has credit …

Edo Period or Tokugawa period ( 1600 AD – 1867 AD)

In 1603 the last king of Shogunate moved his capital to Edo, the present Tokyo and this was the beginning of Edo period.

This was the major turning point in the history of Japan. Tokugawa Ieyasu created the mold in …

Muromachi Period (1333 AD – 1568 AD)

A short-lived restoration of imperial rule from 1333 to 1338 under Go Diago who was overthrown by Ashikaga Takauji who became on firm footing after the conflicts of several decades but later lost control over the feudal coalition. Japan lost …

Kamakura Period (1185 AD – 1333 AD)

Mina Moto no Yoritomo became Japan’s first permanent shogun in 1192. He established military government, created military, feudal and judicial systems lasted almost for 700 years until the resign of last shogun in 1867.

During 11th and 12th century the …

Heian Period ( 794 AD – 1185 AD )

The early Heian period is marked with the characteristics of elegance and beauty. Mission to tang China was ceased after 894, stemming the flow of mainland culture into Japan. There was revival of Ritsuryo system but the concept of Kochi …

Nara Period (710 AD – 794AD)

The Nara period is inaugurated by the construction of a new capital at Nara based on the Chinese architecture, which remained capital for 70 years until it was moved frequently around Nara, Kyoto and Osaka. Chinese culture influence was increased. …

Kofun Period or Yamato Period (300 AD – 710 AD)

Scattered tribes were consolidated under Yamato clan – the first ruler of the imperial government. Under him the Government became more centralized and class and divisions became more elaborate. Contacts have been established between Japan and the kingdoms on the …

Yayoi Period (300 BC – 300 AD)

Agriculture was introduced into northern Kyushu from Korean peninsular. Cultivation of crops including rice, millet, barley, wheat and especially wetland rice became the main occupation. Bronze, copper and iron was used for agricultural tools, weapons and ritual objects like bells …

Jumon Period (10000 BC – 300 BC)

Traditional Japanese legend maintains that Japan was founded in 600 BC by the Emperor Jimmu, a direct descendent of the sun goddess and ancestor of present ruling imperial family whose rein is called Jumon period. Jumon people were hunters, gatherers …

Paleolithic Period (10000BC)

Japanese Island has probably been occupied by humans for at least 30,000 years, if not longer. However 10,000 years ago, some of the archeological evidence shows the early formation of tribes, their consolidation into scattered political entities, the establishment of …

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