CHRONOLOGY

1989

Heisei Era 1989 - 2019 reign of the Emperor Akihito did not rediscover the Taisho Era good old days

1600

Ieyasu Tokugawa wins at Sekigahara, appointed Shogun by Emperor 1603 and Edo Period 1603 - 1868

794

Heiankyo (Kyoto) seat of the Emperor 794 - 1868 and hence origin of the Heian Period 794 - 1185 naming

784

Emperor Kanmu moves seat from Nara to Nagaokakyo for river transport but floods lead to a move to Kyoto 794

710

Heijokyo (Nara) seat of the Emperor is closely modelled on the Tang Dynasty Chang'an Nara Period 710 - 794

57

King of Na pays tribute to Emperor Guangwu and receives a gold seal found in 1784 it is a National Treasure

660 BC

The first Emperor Jimmu's accession dated to 11 Feb 660 BC as the mythical descendent of the Sun Goddess

 

GLOSSARY

Emperor

tenno

still the High Priest of Shinto now doubling as a constitutional monarch

Kyoto

seat of the Emperor 794 - 1868

still maintaining the veneer of a closed exclusive society but sadly reduced

Nara Period

Nara or Heijokyo seat of the Emperor 710 - 784

seat moved to Kyoto 794 while the shogunates were established elsewhere

okami

Emperor government public authorities ko

as okami no goyo official/government business vs shi cf civil society

Taisho Democracy

the Emperor Yoshihito was sickly the genro weak

the two party political system and expanding suffrage led to active politics

Amaterasu Omikami

Sun Goddess

origin myth of Japan maintained in Shinto with the Emperor as the High Priest

legitimacy

of sovereign's title good or bad

sources limited to Emperor and BoJ otherwise great distrust of the authorities

Manchukuo

Manchuria under Japanese occupation

puppet state created in 1932 and Henry Puyi installed Emperor 1934 cf manshu

nichigin

Bank of Japan BoJ

kanji abbreviation of nippon ginko legitimacy damaged by QQE etc cf Emperor

shinto

the way of the gods a harmless Japanese Taoism

as though Druids had survived Christianity vs State Shinto cf Emperor

shogun

generalissimo

military dictator nominally subject to authority of Emperor in Kyoto

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