Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

Apr 9, 2014

Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

by Rhiannon Paget

The transformation of Edo from a mosquito-infested fishing village to seat of power and cultural center has endlessly fascinated lovers of history. After the imperial capital Kyoto fell to military rule in 1185, ensuing battles for power saw the capital move to Kamakura, then ...

Chishaku-in: a Kyoto garden of deep repose

Mar 29, 2014

Chishaku-in: a Kyoto garden of deep repose

by Stephen Mansfield

As a garden, Chishaku-in has many of the attributes of Japanese landscape design that should attract a good number of visitors. The fact that the temple in Kyoto’s southeastern Higashikawara-cho district is rarely crowded, and that scant attention is paid to it in guidebooks, ...

Yomeimon yields paintings hidden for two centuries

Aug 17, 2013

Yomeimon yields paintings hidden for two centuries

Renovation work at the famed Yomeimon Gate of Toshogu Shrine in the tourist city of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, has revealed wall paintings hidden for more than 200 years. It is believed the depictions of cranes were painted in 1752 on the west side of ...

Ieyasu rides again in parade

Apr 5, 2013

Ieyasu rides again in parade

by Delilah Romasanta

There aren’t many people as important in the history of Japan as Tokugawa Ieyasu. He was the man who, in 1603, seized power over the whole country as he launched the Tokugawa Shogunate, which lasted until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Since he is ...