Tag: Japanese History

History
Callum Howe

Who Was the Last Samurai? — The Exciting Tale of Saigō Takamori

So who was the last samurai? That title is usually bestowed upon a man by the name of Saigō Takamori (1828 – 1877). He was one of the most important figures of Japan’s tumultuous transition into the modern era: instrumental in the restoration of power to the emperor and his new government, but also famous for taking up arms against these powers just a few years after!

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Culture & Life
Charlie Horner

The Japanese Bath House — The Steamy History Of Sentō

Japanese bathhouses have been a fixture in the country for centuries and can be traced back to 710 A.D. Not to be confused with onsen, public bathhouses, or sentō, offer bathing and soaking facilities for a small entrance fee, and visitors are separated into male and female areas where they get clean and relax too.

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History
Christian Monson

Why is Japan An Empire? — From Legends To Imperial Rule

Nominally, Japan has been an empire for most of its history. However, historians usually consider its imperial era to be its time of colonial expansion in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Yet this time period is a product of Japan’s historical circumstances and ambitions. Discover how Japan’s self-image as an empire and the role of its emperor have changed dramatically throughout history.

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History
Charlie Horner

What Is The History Of Sumo Wrestling?

Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling, and it’s also the country’s national sport. Matches are fought between wrestlers whose goal is to gain weight and strength, which might seem counter-intuitive when compared to the stereotypical image of a fit, lean athlete. But despite their size, sumo wrestlers, or rikishi, are models of strength, determination, and dedication to a craft, and their sport is one that dates back centuries.

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Interests
Callum Howe

Why Do The Japanese Play Rugby? — History Of The Rugby Union in Japan

However, if you’ve been paying any attention to international rugby union in recent years, you’ll be well aware that times are-a changing; many Japanese people have been in the grip of rugby fever for a while now, which reached new heights in 2019 when the Rugby World Cup was held here. Despite their underdog status, the national team managed to dish out devastating defeats to both Wales and Scotland, victories surpassed only by their surprise thumping of South Africa four years prior.

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Interests
Nicola Spendlove

What Is Origami? — Japan’s Renown Art Of Folding Paper

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, and this is what the name “origami” literally translates to (“ori” means folding, and “kami” means paper in Japanese). To create origami, you must use only your hands to craft a shape out of a simple piece of paper. You cannot alter the material using scissors, glue, or any other implement – you can’t even mark the paper.

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Christian Monson

The History Of Traditional Japanese Clothing — From Kimonos To Fashion Staples

The rich culture of Japan is woven into their clothing. Both the past and present of Japanese fashion tell the story of a society with deeply rooted traditions that nevertheless continues to innovate, create and lead the world. Take a look at Japanese clothing through the ages to see what has changed since the ancient beginnings of the nation—and what’s stayed the same.

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Interests
Nicola Spendlove

How Did Japan Become Successful As A Country?

The exponential growth of Japan’s economy over a relatively short period of time has been a topic of study by economists worldwide. Japan has developed from a feudal system into a major world economic power with an efficiency that is typical of the Land of The Rising Sun.

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