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JAPAN History



How about deeply learning Japan's history before fixing your travel plan?


Japan has many temples and shrines and battlefields and castle places here and there. These are strongly connected with unique origin of reason why they built or was born.


Over 15,000 years ago. Our Japanese ancestors lived by hunting for prey while moving. The era has changed, the Yayoi period.

With the spread of rice cultivation, hunger worries have been dramatically reduced.
Also, since ancient people has become able to settle in, he has built a house and is now able to sleep with peace of mind.

Even after that, our lives have improved by inheriting and developing the culture and technology of the previous generation and leaving it to future generations.
World War II from 1939. Many people were sacrificed to protect Japan, destroying the accumulated culture and assets.

Even so, the economies of those who worked desperately thereafter grew greatly, and various rights were guaranteed, and now it is possible to live a very rich life.

We, who live in the future, should inherit the Japanese culture and technology, improve and develop and strive to pass on to the next generation like the previous generation.
Jomon period
Jomon period
Jomon period

Around 30,000 years ago,  the ice age finally finished and mild temperature brought warmth to glacier and melted away. Then see level has been risen by this. 


After this event Japan lslands which separated from large continent was born.

And forest was spreading and flourishing for nurturing animals and plants.  


In this Jomon age, people lived by procuring food from rich sea and river and forest.

Yayoi period
Yayoi period
Yayoi period

In the age of ending of Jomon period, rice cultivation techniques have been brought from China to Kyusyu region and in the begin of Yayoi period transmitted to Tohoku region.


People were making a paddy field for planting seeds of rice. They used stone knife to collect rice then stock in the raised-floor wharehouse. 


People ate rice after boiling.


Kofun period
Kofun period
Kofun period


In this Kofun era, in Japan islands many Kofun (Emperor grave) has built.

The number of mounting grave was 16,000.


The Kofun is the grave to mount soil for emperor.

Sometimes embelished by Haniwa doll (埴輪) in a row.

Asuka period
Asuka period
Asuka period


People in Asuka period foamed the rule of politics which based on current Japan politics and the document-base control of Japan administration has begun.


In this period timemanagement, issuing money, contry name of Japan permmited for use.


And in the first city of Fujiwara palace, Japan the built basement of rule of law.

Nara period
Nara period
Nara period


聖武天皇(Shomu emperor) who has will to stablize contry by the power of the buddhism in 平城京 (Heijyo Palace) relocatedin 710 built 国分寺(Kokubun Temple) and built up great budda.


And then 遣唐使 (Japanese envoy) brought China culture and things to Japan.

Japan's 天平文化 (Tenpyo culture) had very flourished.


On the otherhand, remained and old Fujiwara Palace was turned into a paddy feild.

Heian perido


The center of the city has turned in Heian Palace. Nobility mainly control the government in this age. Especially Fujiwara family give his daughter to emperor as a wife, then Fujiwara family had big power to control Japan.


However, in the end of Heian period, 平氏 (Heishi) and 源氏 (Genji) appreared as warrior (Japanese called 武士). 

Kamakura - Sengoku period


源頼朝 (Minamotono Yoritomo) who beat 平氏 (Heishi)  opened Shogunate in Kamakura. After this, warrior actually control Japan's politics.


And then in the next period of 室町時代 (Muromachi), gradually Japan enter into the battle age representated famous warrior such as 織田信長 (Oda Nobunaga) who united finally Japan all.

Azuchimomoyama - Edo period


豊臣秀吉 (Toyotomi Hideyoshi) united Japan in spite of 織田信長 (Oda Nobunaga) during long confused battle age. and after the death of 秀吉 (Hideyoshi), 徳川家康(Tokugawa Ieyasu) opened Edo Shogunate. Ieyasu beat 石田三成 (Ishida Mtsunari) in the battle of 関ケ原 (Sekigahara).


As a result, till Meiji period, peacefull Edo kept going on in 260 years.

Japan Modern times


Japan has undergone rapid modernization since the Meiji Restoration. In just over 20 years, the industrial revolution took place, with infrastructure like railways, telephones, postal services being developed and mass production and mass export of cotton and raw silk started.
The reason why we have been able to develop this far in a short period of time is because of the advanced technological capabilities that were nurtured during the Edo period.