Friday, July 20, 2018

5 interesting things about Japanese history

1. Kamakura was the world's fourth largest city in 1250

Kamakura (1185-1333) was the capital of Japan for a relatively brief period. The city grew rapidly being the capital. The researchers estimated the city's population to be 2,000,000, which at that time made it the fourth largest city in the world. There is a small population of 174,000 in the modern city of Kamakura. Today it is considered to be an attractive city for its beaches and many temples that mark the glorious past of the city.

Japan was cut off from the world for 217 years

It was banned from traveling abroad from Japan due to the laws of Sakoku Edict from 1635-1852 and the Christianity was banned. This decision was taken to tackle sending Japanese slaves to Europe by Portuguese , to maintain Japanese sovereignty and due to threat to pandemic.

3. The Samurai warrior had reached New York City in 1860

When Japan was first open for the West in the 1850s, the feudal institutions of the country like Samurai remained for a few years. 76 Samurai were sent to New York City in 1860 as diplomats. The youngest of the group, Tatyeshozoziro was named Tomi by the American media and he became a national celebrity.

4. There used to be 5,000 palaces at a time in Japan

Japan experienced a long period of instability and civil war, which is known as Sengoku or Warring duration. As a result of this, the construction of the palace was increased and by the end of this period it was estimated that there were more than 5,000 palaces in Japan. Only a handful of these old palaces survive. In the 1860s, Japan launched an aggressive program of modernization and most Japanese palaces were broken. They were seen as symbols of Japan's feudal past.

5. Japan made robots in the 1600s

Records written in the beginning of the 8th mentions autobots such as water clock. By the 17th century, Japan was producing various mechanical puppets, known as Karakuri for entertainment. They could perform simple dance or work for these plays.

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