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alternative words: Tokyo
keywords: locality
related topics: Tokugawa Ieyasu , Edo period , Shogun
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explanation: Located at the bottom of Tokyo bay and mouths of many rivers, Edo had been a privileged place of human activities such as temple town Asakusa and Edo castle built by Oota Doukan in 1457. But the real growth of Edo began with the arrival of Tokugawa Ieyasu to Edo in 1590 and his nomination to shogun in 1603. Each seigniors being forced to stay at Edo every 2 years, it became quickly a great consumer city of 1 million population. Edo changed its name to Tokyo in 1868.

Edo period

江戸時代 徳川時代
alternative words: Edo jidai, Edojidai, Edo era, Tokugawa period, Tokugawa jidai, Tokugawajidai, Tokugawa era, Tokugawa reign
keywords: epoch
related topics: Kabuki , Haiku , Ukiyoe , Kokugaku , Tokugawa Ieyasu , Edo shogunate , Edo
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explanation: Period beginning with the nomination of Tokugawa Ieyasu to "shogun" in 1603 and ended with the fall of Tokugawa shogunate in 1868. The particularity of this epoch is a warless state of the whole Japan and a strict control of the contact with foreigners (Sakoku). During this long pacific period, the living standard of ordinary citizens had considerably increased thanks to the development of agriculture and craft techniques.

Edo shogunate

江戸幕府 徳川幕府
alternative words: Edo bakufu, Edobakufu, Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa bakufu
keywords: office, shogun
related topics: Edo period , Shogunate , Tokugawa Ieyasu , Tokugawa Yoshinobu , Roju , Sakoku , Gosanke , Tokugawashi
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explanation: Shogunate beginning with the nomination of Tokugawa Ieyasu to shogun in 1603 and ending with a return back of this title by the 15th shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu. The shogunate office is at Edo, actual Tokyo. Contrary to other shogunates, the regime was very stable because the important functions like Roju and Bugyo were hold simultaneously by several persons. Moreover each seigniors had to let live his wife and heir at Edo as hostages.

Eihe Dogen

永平道元 道元
alternative words: Eihei Dougen, Dogen Eihe, Dougen Eihei, Dogen, Dougen
keywords: buddhism, famous person, priest
related topics: Tendai sect , Soto sect , Zen
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explanation: Born in 1200 in a noble family of Kyoto. Lost very young both of parents, he entered Enryakuji monastery to study from Tendai sect. He then went to China in 1223 to study from Soto sect. Returned back in 1227, he wrote Fukan Zazengi which explains the practice of Zazen. Disgusted with established Buddhist sects, he moved to Fukui prefecture to build Eiheji temple. Because of hard discipline, his sect had become popular among samurai clans. He died in 1253.

Emperor Godaigo

alternative words: Godaigo tenno, Emperor Go-daigo, Go-daigo tenno, Godaigo tennou, Godaigo
keywords: emperor, famous person
related topics: Kamakura shogunate , Ashikaga Takauji , Kusunoki Masashige
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explanation: 96th emperor of Japan. Born in 1288, after 2 aborted putsches to overthrow Kamakura shougunate, he had been sent to Oki island as political prisoner. After the disappearance of shogunate, he returned back to Kyoto and restored the imperial regime (Kemmu restoration). But many samurais who helped him remained unhappy because of an unequal recompense. By taking advantage of the unrest, Ashikaga Takauji overthrew this regime. Godaigo died at a hidden court of Yoshino in 1339.

Emperor Gotoba

後鳥羽天皇 後鳥羽上皇
alternative words: Gotoba tenno, Retired emperor Gotoba, Gotobajoko, Gotoba joko, Gotoba
keywords: emperor, famous person
related topics: Kamakura shogunate , Shin Kokinshu , Genji , Hojoshi , Insei , Jokou
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explanation: Born in 1180, 82th emperor of Japan. After the assassination of Minamoto no Sanetomo, he organized Jokyu rebellion in 1221 to reestablish the lost power of Kyoto's nobility, hoping to catch enough partisans who were unhappy with the dictatorship of Hojo clan. But he lost the battle and forced exile to Oki island and died hopelessly there in 1239. He was very talented in any domain such as poem, music, go, horse riding, swimming. He supervised the edition of Shin Kokinshu.

Emperor Jimmu

神武天皇 神武
alternative words: Jimmu Tenno, Jimmu-tenno, Jimmutenno, Emperor Jinmu, Jinmu Tenno, Jinmu-tenno, Jinmu tennou, Jinmu, Jimmu
keywords: emperor, famous person, mythology
related topics: Nihonshoki , Kojiki , Yamato dynasty
explanation: According to old Japanese history books like Kojiki or Nihonshoki, he left the southern Kyushu 2700 years ago to conquer Kinki region to become the first Emperor of Japan. There exists a great controversy on his existence: some negate it, others say he should have existed but the date of the event should be brought around the 3th century A. D. Anyway, this event should tell a migration of some folk from Kyushu to Kinki to make it a political center of Japan.

Emperor Kanmu

alternative words: Kanmu tenno, Emperor Kammu, Kammu tenno, Kanmu tennou, Kanmu, Kammu
keywords: emperor, famous person
related topics: Nagaokakyo , Heiankyo
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explanation: Born in 737. After the death of Empress Shotoku, Tenmu branch had been extinguished and a prince of Tench branch, Konin became an emperor. Shortly after, Kanmu succeeded his father and became the 50th emperor. In order to emphasize the arrival of a new era, he moved the capital to Nagaokakyo then to Heiankyo and strived to reestablish "Ritsuryo" i.e. centralized regime. His mother being Korean origin, he engaged more foreigners in the government. He died in 806.

Emperor Komei

alternative words: Komei tenno, Komei tennou, Emperor Koumei, Koumei tenno, Koumei tennou
keywords: emperor, famous person, meiji revolution
related topics: Bakumatsu , Meiji revolution , Edo Shogunate , Emperor Meiji , Sakoku
explanation: 121th Japanese emperor. Born in 1831 as a son of Emperor Konin. Contrary to other emperors of Edo period, he refused to be a puppet and strongly criticized Edo shogunate after the abandon of 2 century old Sakoku policy in 1853. So he attracted around him many nationalists but accepted the reconciliation Tokugawa regime (Koubu gattai) by agreeing the marriage of his sister with 14th shogun, Tokugawa Iemochi. He died in 1866 due to smallpox but suspected to be poisoned.

Emperor Meiji

明治天皇 明治
alternative words: Emperor of Meiji, Meiji tenno, Meijitenno, Meiji tennou, Emperor Meji, Meji tenno, Mejitenno, Meiji, Meji
keywords: emperor, famous person, meiji revolution
related topics: Meiji revolution , Edo shogunate , Emperor Komei , Meiji period , Sino-Japanese war , Russo-Japanese war , Emperor Taisho
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explanation: 122th Japanese emperor. Born in 1852 as a son of Komei Emperor and became himself emperor in 1866. He was the central figure of a movement to abolish Edo shogunate and to transform Japan to a powerful westernized country. The constitution promulgated in 1989 (constitution of the Empire of Japan) conferred him an absolute power. After the victory against China (1895) and Russia (1905), he got a reputation of clever emperor. He died in 1912 and was enshrined at Meiji shrine.

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