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The Gods that created Japan and the Ise Shrine

Por kirai el 27 de November de 2011 en History,JapanGuide

Thousands of years ago… The Universe was formed by silence, darkness and a huge mass of formless matter. Particles within that huge mass started to move and collide with each other creating the first sounds ever heard. The movement of the mass gave place to clouds and the sky, where suddenly the three gods of [...]

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Tower similar to Tokyo Sky Tree in a 19th century woodblock print

Por kirai el 17 de April de 2011 en History

In this ukiyo-e woodblock print by Kuniyoshi Utagawa a mysterious structure can be seen in the horizon whose silhouette is very similar to the Tokyo Sky Tree, which is currently under construction. Woodblock print created by Kuniyoshi Utagawa in 1831. Tokyo Sky Tree as it will look when its construction is finished at the end [...]

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Takeda Shingen

Por kirai el 25 de February de 2011 en History

Not long ago I had the chance to visit Yamanashi prefecture (山梨県) for the first time. Most of the land of this prefecture is a big plain located north from Mount Fuji. Yamanashi is known for its delicious peaches, for its beautiful landscapes, for having the fastest train in the world (still under tests) and [...]

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Por kirai el 20 de January de 2011 en History

Suidobashi is one of the historic bridges in Japan that is still preserved nowadays. Suidobashi bridge crosses the river Kanda in downtown Tokyo; in the past it was used by merchants, travelers, warriors and samurai that followed the Tokaido route (that linked the present cities of Tokyo and Kyoto). This is how Suidobashi bridge and [...]

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The Kuril Islands dispute

Por kirai el 26 de April de 2010 en History

Walking around Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido (the northernmost prefecture in Japan), we saw several times these signs claiming: “Let’s regain Japan’s Northern Territories with the Spirit of the Whole Nation”. All Kuril Islands were Japanese from 1875 until the San Francisco treaty was signed in 1945, since then the Kuril Islands belong to Russia. [...]

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Brief History of Japan – Part 3

Por kirai el 17 de November de 2009 en History

In the mid-nineteenth century, when Europe and the United States were already fully engaged in the industrial revolution, Japan was a feudal country ruled by an army (samurai) who had the power of life and death over the rest of society. In July 1853, an American squad led by Admiral Perry entered the Tokyo Bay. [...]

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Brief History of Japan – Part 2

Por kirai el 13 de November de 2009 en History

Between the 14th and 16th century, Japanese people were ruled under a system of feuds that were always fighting against each other. The capital was still Kyoto, where the Shogun “controlled” the whole country. But when the Shogun Hideyoshi died in 1598, the new Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu decided to rule from his castle in Edo. [...]

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Brief History of Japan – Part 1

Por kirai el 11 de November de 2009 en History

Sometimes I refer to Japanese historic concepts in some posts but I have rarely written about Japanese history in my English blog. Understanding Japanese history is fundamental to understand Japanese society and the causes of the current Japanese technological developments. I will try to write and summarize all Japanese history in the most brief and [...]

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