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Edo Period Research Paper

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There was once a time in Japan called the Edo period - this was a period where Japan was ruled under the Tokugawa Shogunates, a feudal military government. Japan had a stable population, and a popular enjoyment of art and culture. However, they had an uncompromising policy prohibiting any foreign contact, ultimately making it completely isolated from the western world. There was also a strict social order, where everyone knew their status. Emperors and high nobilities had invulnerable prestige, but were weak in power. The shogun and daimyō, on the other hand, were very powerful due to their relation to the Tokugawa. This period began in 1603 and ended in 1868, when Tokugawa Yoshinobu resigned – this was the beginning of the Meiji Restoration, the name meaning the restoration of power to emperors. Meiji Tennō (personal name Mutsuhito) was born on November 3, 1852, in Kyoto, Japan. His father was Emperor Kōmei, the 121st emperor, therefore making Meiji the heir to the throne. Meiji grew up during the Edo period and, along with the group that overthrew the Tokugawa's, wanted to create a modernised nation with a strong economic system, as Japan was too isolated and did not participate in international power politics. At the time he began to reign (1862), which was when he was only fifteen years old, the Edo period…show more content…
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