Famous Birthdays Today: 1197-Emperor Juntoku of Japan. Emperor Juntoku (順徳天皇) (October 22, 1197 – October 7, 1242) was the 84th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1210 through 1221. In actuality, Emperor Go-Toba wielded effective power as a cloistered emperor during the years of Juntoku’s reign. In 1221, he was […]Read more ›
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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 ›
Emperor Higashiyama (東山天皇, October 21, 1675 – January 16, 1710) was the 113th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Higashiyama’s reign spanned the years from 1687 through 1709. Some of the Events of Higashiyama’s life: September 16, 1689 (Genroku 2): German physician Engelbert Kaempfer arrives at Dejima for the first time. Bakufu policy in this era […]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 ›
Emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇) (October 18, 1127 – April 26, 1192) was the 77th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1155 through 1158. This 12th-century sovereign was named after the 11th century Emperor Shirakawa, and go- (後), translates literally as “later”; and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Shirakawa”. […]Read more ›
Count Kuroda Kiyotaka (黑田 清隆, 16 October 1840 – 23 August 1900), also known as Kuroda Ryōsuke (黑田 了介), was a Japanese politician of the Meiji era. He was the second Prime Minister of Japan from 30 April 1888 to 25 October 1889. Kuroda was born to a samurai-class family serving the Shimazu daimyo of Kagoshima, Satsuma domain in Kyūshū. […]Read more ›