Tokugawa Shogun

Why Did The Capital Of Japan Move From Kyoto To Tokyo?

Kyoto is one of the oldest cities in Japan and was the capital for more than a millennium after its inception in 794 A.D. It was only after the Meiji Restoration (明治維新), around 1868, that the Royal Family moved out of Kyoto into their new imperial home in Tokyo. As they moved to Edo (江戸;…

Tomioka Castle: A Spot of History for Your Seaside Visit

Like most of Amakusa, Tomioka (an island peninsula jutting out from the North-West tip of the Amakusa District) is well known for its beaches and during the summer, it attracts many beach-goers hoping to soak up the sun. If the idea of a week spent lying on a beach isn’t entertainment enough for you, fear…

Dejima: Japan’s Connection to the Outside World

There was a point in the past when foreign policies were implemented, asserting that the nation’s interests were best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance. It was called “Isolationism.” From 1641 to 1853, the Tokugawa Shogunate enforced a policy known as “kaikin.” This policy prohibited Japan from having contact with…

A Brief History of Tokyo

We all know Tokyo as the well of culture, entertainment, shopping and maybe a dash of craziness. While we gaze in amazement and enjoy the endless things we can do there to have fun, we also should dive into the fascinating past of one of the most famous cities in the world. 〜1869 Tokyo was…