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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