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    I would like to use this thread to post links to articles and news relating to Japanese history. Please feel free to post any interesting material. Any language,* any historical period and topic welcome!

    * If your resource is not in English, please provide an English synopsis.

    First article below (more to follow):

    150 years since the Edo Castle surrender

    What’s done is done. But what if a historic negotiation over the surrender of Edo Castle between Saigo Takamori, who led the Imperial forces during the fall of Edo, and Katsu Kaishu, the shogunate’s army minister, had fallen through 150 years ago? The surrender of the fort, or the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, which opened the door to Japan’s modernization, might not have happened, and what is now the nation’s capital could have gone up in flames. Edo, renamed Tokyo in September 1868, was controlled by the shogunate for 260 years, but it fell to the alliance of Satsuma and Choshu forces supportive of the formation of a new government under the restored Imperial rule of Emperor Meiji. One of the central conditions for the peaceful handover, which saved Edo and its population of more than 1 million from war, was to spare the life of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the 15th and last shogun. Emperor Meiji moved from Kyoto to his new residence in the castle, which today is part of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

    With the help of photographs taken by Yokoyama Matsusaburo about 150 years ago, offered by the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and current images of the capital captured around the palace and its environs, the history of Edo Castle is revealed. [...]


    Source: 150 years since the Edo Castle surrender | The Japan Times

    The juxtaposition of old photographies of Edo Castle taken 150 years ago and modern shots by Miura Yoshiaki is fascinating.
     
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    Sensational finding in a private home in Hiroshima:

    Siege of Osaka shown in great detail in late 17th century maps

    Source: Siege of Osaka shown in great detail in late 17th century maps:The Asahi Shimbun

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    An ink stone found in 2003 proves that writing was more common in the Yayoi period than previously believed:

    2,000-year-old tool offers new proof of Japan’s earliest writing

    Source: 2,000-year-old tool offers new proof of Japan’s earliest writing:The Asahi Shimbun

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    Images: Asahi Shimbun
     

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