Posts by: margaret

Emperor Meiji (1): Monarch for a New Era

Emperor Meiji (1): Monarch for a New Era

  • 17th April 2019

On 1 April – no, this was not a hoax! – a new era was announced in Japan. The Reiwa era will begin on 1 May when the present crown prince Naruhito succeeds his father Emperor Akihito who will finally be granted his wish to abdicate. In former times it…

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Yoshida Shôin 吉田松陰 (2): A Fateful Encounter

Yoshida Shôin 吉田松陰 (2): A Fateful Encounter

  • 9th March 2019

On 8 July 1853 a frightening sight met the eyes of the people of Shimoda village, at the entrance into the bays of Sagami and Tokyo. Far out at sea, several ships seemed to be on fire. Moreover, they were coming closer. The fire, it turned out, was just smoke…

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Yoshida Shôin – Japan’s Most Famous Teacher

Yoshida Shôin – Japan’s Most Famous Teacher

  • 24th February 2019

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (明治維新 or Meiji Renewal in Japanese), dated from the proclamation of the restoration of political power to the emperor on 3 January 1868.  So, for my blogs in 2018, I decided to introduce some of the Japanese men and women…

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A Long Retirement: Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Last Shogun

A Long Retirement: Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Last Shogun

  • 16th June 2018

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (明治維新 or Meiji Renewal in Japanese), dated from the proclamation of the restoration of political power to the emperor on 3 January 1868 (or the ninth day of the twelfth month of the fourth year of Keiô, according –the old…

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