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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Ichi-no-Tani (一の谷) was a Taira fortress at Suma, to the west of present-day Kobe, Japan. It sat on a very narrow strip of shore, between mountains on the North, and the sea to the South. This made it quite defensible, but also made it difficult to manoeuvre troops inside the fortress. Minamoto no Yoshitsune split his force in three. Noriyori’s […]Read more ›
Historical Events today: 1867 – 15th & last Tokugawa Shogun resigns in Japan. Tokugawa Yoshinobu (徳川 慶喜) (also known as Keiki; October 28, 1837 – November 22, 1913) was the 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. He was part of a movement which aimed to reform the ageing shogunate, but was ultimately unsuccessful. After resigning in […]Read more ›
The Battle of Pyongyang (平壌作戦) was the second major land battle of the First Sino-Japanese War. It took place on 15 September 1894 in Pyongyang, Korea between the forces of Meiji Japan and Qing China. It is sometimes referred to archaically in western sources as the “Battle of Ping-yang”. Between 13,000 and 15,000 Chinese troops of the Beiyang Army had […]Read more ›