The Battle of Ishibashiyama (石橋山の戦い) was the first in which Minamoto Yoritomo, who was to become shogun less than a decade later, was commander of the Minamoto forces. The battle was fought on September 14, 1180 in the southwest of present-day Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture near Yoritomo’s headquarters at Kamakura. In this, his first attempt to challenge the Taira, Yoritomo was […]Read more ›
A pulled rickshaw (or ricksha) is a mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons. Rickshaws are commonly made with bamboo. The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha (人力車, 人 jin = human, 力 riki = power or force, 車 sha = vehicle), which literally means “human-powered vehicle”. […]Read more ›
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 ›
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 ›
Historical Events Today: 1863 – The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom!
The Bombardment of Kagoshima, also known as the Anglo-Satsuma War (薩英戦争), took place on 15–17 August 1863 during the Late Tokugawa shogunate. The British Royal Navy was fired on from coastal batteries near the town of Kagoshima and in retaliation bombarded the town. The British were trying to exact a payment from the daimyo of Satsuma following the Namamugi Incident […]Read more ›
Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and flee to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan. (Traditional Japanese date: Twenty-fifth Day of the Seventh Month of the Second Year of Juei). Taira no Munemori (平 宗盛, 1147 – June 19, 1185) was heir to Taira no Kiyomori, […]Read more ›