Classical Japan
The history of Japan includes the history of the islands of Japan and the Japanese people, spanning the ancient history of the region to the modern history of Japan as a nation state. Following the la...
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Asuka period
The Asuka period (飛鳥時代, Asuka jidai) was a period in the history of Japan lasting from 538 to 710 (or 592-645), although its beginning could be said to overlap with the preceding Kofun period....
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Nara period
The Nara period (奈良時代, Nara jidai) of the history of Japan covers the years from AD 710 to 794. Empress Gemmei established the capital of Heijō-kyō (present-day Nara). Except for a five-year p...
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Heian period
The Heian period (平安時代, Heian jidai) is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1159. The period is named after the capital city of Heian-kyō, or modern Kyōto. It ...
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Kofun
Kofun (古墳, from Sino-Japanese "ancient grave") are megalithic tombs or tumuli in Japan, constructed between the early 3rd century and the early 7th century AD. They gave their name to the Kofun period...
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Battle of Muroyama
The battle of Muroyama was one of many battles of the 12th-century Japanese civil war known as the Genpei War. At Muroyama, Minamoto no Yukiie tried to recoup the loss of the Battle of Mizushima by at...
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Semimaru
Semimaru also known as Semimaro (蝉丸) was a Japanese poet and musician of the early Heian period. His name is recorded in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, but there are no historical accounts of his pedig...
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Akazome Emon
Akazome Emon (赤染衛門, 956–1041) was a Japanese waka poet and early historian who lived in the mid-Heian period. She is a member both of the Thirty Six Elder Poetic Sages (中古三十六歌仙, Chūko Sanj...
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Uda Genji
The Uda Genji (宇多源氏) were the successful and powerful line of a Japanese Minamoto clan that were descended from Emperor Uda (宇多天皇). Many of the famous Minamoto warriors, including Sasaki clan (佐々木...
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Japanese missions to Imperial China
The Japanese Missions to Imperial China were diplomatic embassies which were intermittently sent to the Chinese court. Any distinction amongst diplomatic envoys sent from the Imperial Japanese court o...
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Emperor Shōmu
Emperor Shōmu (聖武天皇, Shōmu-tennō, 701 – June 4, 756) was the 45th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.Shōmu's reign spanned the years 724 through 749.
Before...
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Gosannen War
The Gosannen War (後三年合戦, gosannen kassen), also known as the Later Three-Year War, was fought in the late 1080s in Japan's Mutsu Province on the island of Honshū.
The Gosannen War was part of a l...
Yōrō Code
The Yōrō Code (養老律令, Yōrō-ritsuryō) was one iteration of several codes or governing rules compiled in early Nara period in Classical Japan. It was compiled in 718, the second year of the Yōrō...
Ritsuryō
Ritsuryō (律令) is the historical law system based on the philosophies of Confucianism and Chinese Legalism in Japan. The political system in accord to Ritsuryō is called "Ritsuryō-sei" (律令制). Kyaku...
Izumi Shikibu
Izumi Shikibu (和泉式部, b. 976?) was a mid Heian period Japanese poet. She is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals (中古三十六歌仙, chūko sanjurokkasen). She was the contemporary of ...
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Minamoto clan
Minamoto clan (源, Minamoto-shi) was one of the surnames bestowed by the Emperors of Japan upon members of the imperial family who were demoted into the ranks of the nobility. The practice was ...
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Sarumaru Dayū
Sarumaru no Taifu, also known as Sarumaru no Dayū (猿丸大夫, sarumaru no taifu/dayū) was a waka poet in the early Heian period. He is a member of the Thirty Six Poetic Sages (三十六歌仙, sanjūr...
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Book of Liang
The Book of Liang (Chinese: 梁書; pinyin: Liáng Shū), was compiled under Yao Silian, completed in 635. Yao heavily relied on the original manuscript of his father Yao Cha, as his comments were q...
Toi invasion
The Toi invasion (Japanese: 刀伊の入寇 toi no nyūkō) was the invasion of northern Kyūshū by Jurchen pirates in 1019. At the time, Toi (되, Doe) meant "barbarian" in the Korean language.The Toi pirates saile...
Hakuhō period
The Hakuhō period (白鳳時代, Hakuhō jidai, lit. "white phoenix period") was an unofficial Japanese era name (年号,, nengō,, lit. "year name") of Emperor Temmu after Hakuchi and before Suchō....
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Abe no Nakamaro
Abe no Nakamaro (阿倍 仲麻呂, c. 698 – c. 770), also known as Chao Heng (晁衡, Chōkō in Japanese), was a Japanese scholar, administrator, and waka poet in the Nara period.
He was a descendant of Prin...
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Minamoto no Tsunemoto
Minamoto no Tsunemoto (源 經基, 894–961) was a samurai and Imperial Prince during Japan's Heian period, the progenitor of the Seiwa Genji branch of the Minamoto clan. He was the son of Sadazumi...
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Kibi Makibi
Kibi no Asomi Makibi (吉備 真備, 695 – November 3, 775) was a Japanese scholar and noble during the Nara period. Also known as Kibi Daijin ("Minister Kibi").
Kibi no Makibi was born in Shimotsumic...
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Provincial temple
Kokubun-ji (国分寺) were Buddhist temples established in each of the provinces of Japan by the Emperor Shōmu during the Nara period (710 – 794). Shōmu (701 – 756?) decreed both a kokubunj...
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Ōmi Code
The Ōmi code (近江令, ōmiryō) are a collection of governing rules compiled in 668AD, hence being the first collection of Ritsuryō laws in classical Japan. These laws were compiled by Fujiwara no ...
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Kōgoishi
Kōgoishi (神篭石 or 神籠石) are earthenwork structures, on a stone foundation, constructed in Japan during the Asuka period, particularly in areas around Fukuoka, on the island of Kyūshū. The name "kōgoishi...
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Minamoto no Yorimitsu
Minamoto no Yorimitsu (源 頼光, 948 – August 29, 1021), also known as Minamoto no Raikō, served the regents of the Fujiwara clan along with his brother Yorinobu, taking the violent measures the Fujiw...
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Hata clan
The Hata clan (秦氏) was an immigrant clan active in Japan since the Kofun period (250-538), according to the history of Japan laid out in Nihonshoki.Hata is the Japanese reading of the Chinese surn...