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  • Writer's pictureAkiko Murakami

"History of the Japanese Empire" documentary

My British friend introducing me to this beautifully made documentary film about Ieyasu Tokugawa, who united Japan with power in 1600 and started Edo period (Tokugawa Shogunate for 15 generations).

You can find the same film at Amazon Prime:


Commanding shoguns and fierce samurai warriors, exotic geisha and exquisite artisans - all were part of a Japanese renaissance between the 16th and 19th centuries when Japan went from chaos and violence to a land of ritual refinement and peace.But stability came at a price: for nearly 250 years, Japan was a land closed to the Western world, ruled by the shogun under his absolute power and control.

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire (2004) brings to life the unknown story of a mysterious empire, its relationship with the West, and the forging of a nation that would emerge as one of the most important countries in the world.

The Way of the Samurai.

Tokugawa Ieyasu unifies Japan and establishes a dynasty that will rule Japan for over 250 years.

The Will of the Shogun.

The grandson of Ieyasu, Tokugawa Iemitsu, tightens control over Japan's warlords and expels all foreigners.

The Return of the Barbarians.

Isolated from the West, 18th century Edo flourishes culturally and economically, becoming one of the liveliest cities in the world. But foreign forces are coming.

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I think "Last Samurai" movie will give you the full picture of how Edo period ended in 1867, when a new era of Meiji period started with Meiji Emperor.

Well, now officially and spiritually from this November 15th, we are going to welcome a brand new era with our new Emperor Naruhito. This time, world is watching and involved in how Japan shifts or not....


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