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Shoguns and Mongols – Kamakura Japan

By |2018-05-06T17:41:50+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

First shogun of Japan: Minamoto Yoritomo (maybe), by Fujiwara Takanobu Who was the first shogun of Japan? The first shogun, Minamoto Yoritomo, established the system: all officials were pretty much military officials. Japan broke up into a lot of small kingdoms, which were always fighting each other. There were a lot of wars, mostly [...]

Heian period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:54+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Godai Kokuzo Bodhisattva (Jingo-ji Temple, Kyoto), ca. 800-900 AD After Empress Koken died in 770 AD, there was a major change in how Japan's government worked. The powerful families got more power, the same way they did in China about this time. Women were shut out of power. The next emperor, Konin, was an old man (62 years [...]

Edo period Japan – Japanese history

By |2018-04-23T15:31:18+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Oda Nobunaga (1500s, painted by Kanō Motohide) At the end of the Muromachi period, Japan was very rich, but divided into small city-states. In the late 1500s, the daimyo Oda Nobunaga gradually re-unified Japan. He bought guns from European traders and used the guns as patterns to make lots more guns. Oda Nobunaga also promoted Christianity to get [...]