Historical Events

by / on August 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1536-Buddhist Monks from Kyōto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren Temples!

Buddhist monks from Kyōto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536). The warrior monks living high in the mountains intended to protect Kyoto, from evil. However the government in Kyoto found it almost impossible to control this band of brothers, and turned against them. By the […]

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by / on July 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1894 – Treaty of Aoki-Kimberley Signed Between Japan and England.

The Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce and Navigation (日英通商航海条約 Nichi-Ei Tsūshō Kōkai Jōyaku?) signed by Britain and Japan, on July 16, 1894, was a breakthrough agreement; it heralded the end of the unequal treaties and the system of extraterritoriality in Japan. The treaty came into force on July 17, 1899. From that date British subjects in Japan were subject to Japanese […]

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by / on July 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1888 – Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years.

The 1888 eruption of Mount Bandai was a major volcanic eruption which occurred during the Meiji period of the Empire of Japan. The eruption occurred on July 15, 1888, and pyroclastic flows buried villages on the northern foot of the mountain, and devastated the eastern part of Bandai region, Fukushima Prefecture north of Tokyo. At least 477 people were killed […]

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by / on July 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1156-Siege of Shirakawa-den in Japan.

The siege of the Shirakawa-den was the central event of the Hōgen Rebellion, a succession dispute which broke out after the death of the cloistered Emperor Toba. The conflict grew to involve the Fujiwara, Minamoto, and Taira clans, all major powers of the period. The palace was attacked by Taira no Kiyomori and Minamoto no Yoshitomo and defended by Yoshitomo’s […]

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by / on July 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1853 – Commodore Matthew Perry reaches Japan!

In 1852, Perry embarked from Norfolk, Virginia for Japan, in command of the East India Squadron in search of a Japanese trade treaty. Aboard a black-hulled steam frigate, he ported Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna at Uraga Harbor near Edo (modern Tokyo) on July 8, 1853. His actions at this crucial juncture were informed by a careful study of Japan’s […]

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by / on June 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1582 – The Incident at Honnō-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan.

The Incident at Honnō-ji refers to the forced suicide on June 21, 1582 of Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga at the hands of his samurai general Akechi Mitsuhide. This occurred in Honnō-ji, a temple in Kyoto, ending Nobunaga’s quest to consolidate centralized power in Japan under his authority. Oda Nobunaga was at the height of his power, having destroyed the Takeda […]

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by / on June 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1896 – Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku Japan!

On June 15. 1896 many villages along the coast of Sanriku were celebrating the return of the soldiers from the war against China, when an earthquake of magnitude 8.5 occurred nearly 145 kilometers offshore of Honshu. The direct effects of the five minutes long quake were of minor entity, the epicenter was distant enough to reduce catastrophic movements on the […]

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