Feudal Japan: The Age of the Warrior

Japanese imperial family / Wikimedia Commons The collapse of aristocratic rule ushered in a new age of chaos — appropriately called the Warring States period (c.1400-1600) — in which military might dictated who governed and who followed. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.23.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction While most samurai warriors were men, some[…]

Japan from the Edo Period to the Meiji Restoration

Floats for the Kanda Festival, 1843 / Photo by Daderot, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Wikimedia Commons Looking at Japan’s growth and change from the Early Modern to Modern worlds. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.17.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The Edo Period The Edo period (1603-1868), when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate,[…]

The Lingering Imperial Self-Identity of Japan as a Warrior Nation

Japanese soldiers of the Sino-Japanese War. Wikimedia Commons As Japanese imperialism rose and fell, its leaders interpreted and re-interpreted a single distinctive concept: “bushido”. By Dr. Oleg Benesch / 12.22.2017 Senior Lecturer in East Asian History University of York In a warning to China on the eve of his first trip to Asia in November 2017, the US president, Donald Trump, called[…]

The Art and Architecture of Ancient and Early Medieval Japan

Old painting of Himeji castle / Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.07.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Prehistoric Japan 1.1 – Ceramics in the Jomon Period Pottery from the prehistoric Jōmon period in Japan is thought by many scholars to be the oldest ever discovered. 1.1.1 – Overview Prehistoric art of Japan[…]