Historical Events

by / on February 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1932 – Japan declares Manchuria Independent.

The Mukden Incident, also known as the Manchurian Incident, was a staged event engineered by Japanese military personnel as a pretext for invading the northern part of China known as Manchuria in 1931. On September 18, 1931 a small quantity of dynamite was detonated by Lt. Kawamoto Suemori close to a railroad owned by Japan’s South Manchuria Railway near Mukden […]

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by / on February 11, 2012 at 10:14 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events today: 1889 – Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890.

The Constitution of the Empire of Japan, known informally as the Meiji Constitution, was the organic law of the Japanese empire, in force from November 29, 1890 until May 2, 1947. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, it provided for a form of constitutional monarchy based on the Prussian model, in which the Emperor of Japan was an active ruler […]

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by / on February 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events today: 660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu!

National Foundation Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11. On this day, Japanese celebrate the founding of the nation and the imperial line by its legendary first emperor, Jimmu, who according to legend established his capital in Yamato in 660 BC. The origin of National Foundation Day is New Year’s Day in the traditional lunisolar […]

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by / on February 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1904 – Japan declares war on Russia!

The Russo-Japanese War (8 February 1904 – 5 September 1905) was “the first great war of the 20th century.” It grew out of rival imperial ambitions of the Russian Empire and Japanese Empire over Manchuria and Korea. The major theaters of operations were Southern Manchuria, specifically the area around the Liaodong Peninsula and Mukden, the seas around Korea, Japan, and […]

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM / in Chushojima, Historical Events, History Today, Local Gems

Ryoma Sakamoto: A True Japanese Visionary!

The last historical building I went to visit was the Teradaya Inn, the site of a failed attempt on the life of one in 1866 of the most idealized and popular figures in Japanese history, Sakamoto Ryoma. Ryoma’s life was short but profound; he almost singlehandedly overthrew what he thought to be the oppressive Tokugawa Shogunate and helped with incorporating […]

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM / in Chushojima, Fushimi-ku, Historical Events, History Today, Local Gems, Temples-Shrines

Fushimi-Momoyama Castle: Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Hide-out!

Fushimi-Momoyama Castle: Fushimi-Momoyama Castle also known as Momoyama Castle or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. Fushimi-Momoyama Castle is located on a hill, in other words a hilltop castle, which is known in Japanese as a ‘Teikakushiki’. Through numerous instances of being built, burned, and then rebuilt again – even dismantled and scattered throughout Kyoto – this modern replica was built in 1964 and […]

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by / on February 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1867 – Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912).

The Emperor Meiji (明治天皇 Meiji-tennō) (3 November 1852 – 30 July 1912) or Meiji the Great 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 from a feudal shogunate to become a world power. […]

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