Friday, January 4, 2013

The Meiji Restoration

A teenaged Meiji Emperor with foreign representatives at the end of the Boshin War, 1868-1870.
The Meiji Restoration ,, also known as the Meiji Ishin, Revolution, Reform or Renewal, was a chain of events that restored imperial rule to Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji. The goals of the restored government were expressed by the new emperor in the Charter Oath. The Restoration led to enormous changes in Japan's political and social structure, and spanned both the late Edo period (often called Late Tokugawa shogunate) and the beginning of the Meiji period. The period spanned from 1868 to 1912 and was responsible for the emergence of Japan as a modernized nation in the early twentieth century.

“I took a grist to mill this morning.  After dinner, I took a load of wood to Perry Clark and went from there and got my grist.  Pleasant though chilly day.”

“I drew three loads of wood home today.”

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