Yagi Residence: When you walk from Shijō-Dōri (四条通), towards the Mibu-dera temple, on your right on Bōjō Dōri (坊城通), is the old Yagi Residence (八木邸). It is located a little off the main road and a colourful shop is in front. The Mibu area used to be a small farming village and the Yagi family had sushi status. Therefore they […]Read more ›
Historical Events Today: 1905 – The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea. The Japan–Korea Treaty of 1905, also known as the Eulsa Protective Treaty or Japan–Korea Protectorate Treaty, was made between the Empire of Japan and the Korean Empire in 1905. Negotiations were concluded on November 17, 1905. In the metonymy “Ulsa Treaty,” the word Eulsa or Ulsa […]Read more ›
Famous Birthdays Today: 1852 – Mutsuhito, 122nd emperor of Japan. Emperor Meiji (明治天皇, 3 November 1852 – 30 July 1912), or Meiji the Great (明治大帝), was the 122nd emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 3 February 1867 until his death. He presided over a time of rapid change in Japan, as the nation rose […]Read more ›
Famous Birthdays Today: 1197-Emperor Juntoku of Japan. Emperor Juntoku (順徳天皇) (October 22, 1197 – October 7, 1242) was the 84th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1210 through 1221. In actuality, Emperor Go-Toba wielded effective power as a cloistered emperor during the years of Juntoku’s reign. In 1221, he was […]Read more ›
Historical Events Today: 794 – Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto). Heian-kyō (平安京, literally “tranquility and peace capital”), was one of several former names for the city now known as Kyoto. It was the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, from 794 to 1868 with an interruption in 1180. Emperor Kammu established it as the […]Read more ›
Emperor Higashiyama (東山天皇, October 21, 1675 – January 16, 1710) was the 113th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Higashiyama’s reign spanned the years from 1687 through 1709. Some of the Events of Higashiyama’s life: September 16, 1689 (Genroku 2): German physician Engelbert Kaempfer arrives at Dejima for the first time. Bakufu policy in this era […]Read more ›
Historical Events Today: 1600 – Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan’s rulers (shoguns)!
The Battle of Sekigahara, popularly known as the Battle for the Sundered Realm, was a decisive battle on October 21, 1600 (Keichō 5, 15th day of the 9th month) which cleared the path to the Shogunate for Tokugawa Ieyasu. Though it would take three more years for Ieyasu to consolidate his position of power over the Toyotomi clan and the […]Read more ›