Japan History

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In History
  • 200


    Sushi was invented. Now sushi has become a Japanese cultural symbol.
  • 250


    Japan was firstly unified during Kofun period. The symbol of this period was giant tombs for ancestors.
  • 538


    Buddism Entered Japan. Japanese Buddhism belongs to Mahayana Buddhism, and was imported from Korea.
  • 604

    Prince Shotoku

    Prince Shotoku established the Twelve Level Cap and Rank System at the court. He is also credited with promulgating a Seventeen-article constitution. Inspired by mainly Buddhism together with Confucianism, his work were all built upon moral value of Buddhism and Confucianism. He also sent messenger Ono no Imoko to Sui Dynasty, but Emperor Suiyangdi was angry because Shotoku's letter put Japan into the same position as Sui. This story is illustrated in a famous Japanese comic Gag Manga Biyori.
  • 645

    Taika Reform

    Emperor Kōtoku defeated Soga clan that held power for a long time. The reform was largely based on Chinese system of land, language, culture, architecture, etc. Taiku Reform marks the end of Asuka period and the beginning of centralized government.
  • 710

    Nara Period

    the capital was moved to Nara. Nara period began. Nara was called Heijō-kyō at that time and modelled on Chang'an
  • Jan 1, 800


    Shintoism was separated from Buddhism in 8th century and become a local religion.
  • Jan 1, 921


    Onmyodo penetrated into government. Abe no Seimei was one of the most famous one who had large influence in politics.
  • 1185

    Kamakura period

    Kamakura shogunate held power. Since then, the entire samurai feudal system with shogunate as highest power was established.
  • 1185


    Waka (Japanese poem) emerged at this time. It has a metre of 5 and 7 syllables.
  • 1185


    Bushido was proposed against the leisure lifestyle of Heian aristocrats. It later became the cornerstone of Japanese militarism.
  • 1204

    Fujiwara no Shunzei

    Fujiwara no Shunzei was a famous japanese poet.
  • Jan 1, 1247

    Mogol Invasion

    Mongal invaded Japan, but their fleet was destroyed by kamikaze, the "divine wind." Yet, shogunate couldn't afford the award two its vassals who fought on the battlefield. This worsen their relationship.
  • 1333

    Muromachi period

    Takauji defeated the old shogunate and became the first shogun of Muromachi shogunate.
  • 1333

    Economy in Muromachi Period

    Japan frequently traded with China and Korea. Daimyos began to cast coins, which means Japan began to transfer from barter-based economy to currency-based economy.
  • 1467

    Sengoku period

    Ōnin War ended the Muromachi shogunate and started the Sengoku period, "Age of Warring States." Different feudal lords fought with each other for land and power at this time. Eventually Tokugawa Ieyasu started the Edo era.
  • 1543

    First European Visitors

    Three Portuguese traders, António Mota, Francisco Zeimoto, and presumably Fernão Mendes Pinto, set foot on Japan. Soon Europeans introduced new technology into Japan, like musket.
  • 1549


    The Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier disembarked in Kyushu