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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 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1720 -Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan.

Emperor Sakuramachi (桜町天皇 Sakuramachi-tennō, February 8, 1720 – May 28, 1750) was the 115th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Sakuramachi’s reign spanned the years from 1735 through 1747. He was said to be the reincarnation of Prince Shōtoku. With the support of Tokugawa Yoshimune, he worked for the restoration of Imperial rites, bringing back the […]

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by / on February 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1045 – Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan.

Emperor Go-Suzaku (後朱雀天皇 Go-Suzaku-tennō, December 14, 1009 – February 7, 1045) was the 69th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Go-Suzaku’s reign spanned the years from 1036 through 1045. This 11th-century sovereign was named after the 10th-century Emperor Suzaku and go-(後), translates literally as “later;”and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Suzaku”. The Japanese […]

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by / on February 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1593 – Emperor Ogimachi of Japan.

Emperor Ōgimachi (正親町天皇 Ōgimachi-tennō) (June 18, 1517 – February 6, 1593) was the 106th Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. He reigned from October 27, 1557 to December 17, 1586, corresponding to the transition between the Warring States Era and the Azuchi-Momoyama period. His personal name was Michihito (方仁). The finances of the emperor and his […]

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by / on February 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1637 – Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Unified Japan.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a daimyo warrior, general and politician of the Sengoku period. He unified the political factions of Japan. He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga, and brought an end to the Sengoku period. The period of his rule is often called the Momoyama period, named after Hideyoshi’s castle. He is noted for a number of cultural legacies, […]

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