Questions tagged [edo-period]

Edo period refers to the time period from 1603 to 1868 when the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled the islands.

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What was the political context of the Japanese “North Ezo” explorations?

Mamiya Rinzō explored Sakhalin in 1808. This seems to have been the culmination of a series of explorations, which started in the 1770's, and in which the Japanese discovered much of the northern ...
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What are the hay effigies in this Japanese movie?

I am moving this question from Movies.SE in hope to get the answer here The Blind Swordsman Zaitochi (2003) movie takes places somewhere in small town in Japan, probably around 19th century (one of ...
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What did the Japanese military do to maintain their fighting edge during the Edo era/Bakufu (1603-1868)?

After Tokugawa unified Japan, it entered a long era of militarized peace 1603-1868, with very limited warfare, a severely isolationist attitude and strict limits to weaponry (guns were essentially ...
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Were taiko drums used to determine village sizes?

Were taiko drums used to determine village size? If so, when was this practice in use? In 'Full Circle', Michael Palin says that the taiko drums were used to determine village sizes in pre-industrial ...