Famous Birthdays Today: 1476 – Kanō Motonobu, Kyoto Japan! Kanō Motonobu (狩野 元信) was a Japanese painter. He was a member of the Kanō school of painting. Kanō Motonobu’s father was Kanō Masanobu, the founder of the Kanō school. Motonobu was only nine when he began to serve the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1436–90) and then his successors: Ashikaga Yoshitane (1465–1522), […]Read more ›
Archive for August, 2012
Historical Events Today: 708 – Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time. This mint came about when a large deposit of copper was found in Musashi province. Copper was discovered in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture, and the Japanese were so delighted with the discovery that they named the Wado era (708 A.D. […]Read more ›
Emperor Go-Reizei (後冷泉天皇, August 28, 1023 – May 22, 1068) was the 70th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Go-Reizei’s reign spanned the years 1045–1068. This 11th century sovereign was named after the 10th century Emperor Reizei and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Reizei”. The Japanese […]Read more ›
The Gardens of the Manshu-in Shoin!, a set on Flickr. Located in northern Kyoto, this temple is reputable for its ‘shoin’ architectural style, typical of the early Edo period. Its garden is designed as a boat on the water, and is also well known for its beautiful style. Manshu-in (曼殊院), also known as the Manshuin Monzeki, is a Tendai temple […]Read more ›
Historical Events Today: 1875 – The Treaty of Saint Petersburg Between Japan and Russia is Ratified!
1875 – The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands. The Treaty of Saint Petersburg (樺太・千島交換条約) was signed on 7 May 1875 between the Empire of Japan and Empire of Russia. Its terms stipulated that Japan give up all claims to Sakhalin island in exchange for undisputed […]Read more ›
Historical Events Today: 1192-Minamoto Yoritomo Becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De Facto Ruler of Japan.
Minamoto no Yoritomo (源 頼朝, May 9, 1147 – February 9, 1199) was the founder and the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate of Japan. He ruled from 1192 until 1199. Early life and exile (1147–1180): Yoritomo was the third son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, heir of the Minamoto (Seiwa Genji) clan, and his official wife, a daughter of Fujiwara […]Read more ›
Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火), more commonly known as Daimonji (大文字), is a festival in Kyoto, Japan. It is the culmination of the O-Bon festival on August 16, in which five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding the city. It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during O-Bon, are […]Read more ›