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Post  HunterICX on Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:52 am

Found a couple of documentaries the other day around that you might find interesting study



The Muromachi period was a division of Japanese history running from approximately 1336 to 1573. The period marks the governance of the Muromachi or Ashikaga shogunate, which was officially established in 1336 by the first Muromachi shogun, Ashikaga Takauji. The period ended in 1573 when the 15th and last shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiaki, was driven out of the capital in Kyoto by Oda Nobunaga.

The early years from 1336 to 1392 of the Muromachi period are known as the Nanboku-chō or Northern and Southern Court period. The years from 1467 to the end of the Muromachi period are also known as the Sengoku period or Warring States period.



The Azuchi-Momoyama period came at the end of the Warring States Period in Japan, when the political unification that preceded the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate took place. It spans the years from approximately 1568 to 1603, during which time Oda Nobunaga and his successor, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, imposed order upon the chaos that had pervaded since the collapse of the Ashikaga Shogunate. The name of this period is taken from Nobunaga's castle, Azuchi Castle, in the present-day town of Azuchi, Shiga Prefecture and Hideyoshi's castle, Momoyama Castle (also known as Fushimi Castle), in Kyoto.

In broad terms, this period begins with Nobunaga's entry into Kyoto in 1568, when he led his army to the imperial capital in order to install Ashikaga Yoshiaki as the 15th, and ultimately final, shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate, and lasts until the coming to power of Tokugawa Ieyasu after his victory over supporters of the Toyotomi clan at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.



The Edo period or Tokugawa period, is a division of Japanese history running from 1603 to 1868 and is the premodern era. The period marks the governance of the Edo or Tokugawa shogunate, which was officially established in 1603 by the first Edo shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The period ended with the Meiji Restoration, the restoration of imperial rule by the 15th and last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. The Edo period is also known as the beginning of the early modern period of Japan.

After a long period of inner conflict, the first goal of the newly established Tokugawa government was to pacify the country. It created a balance of power that remained (fairly) stable for the next 250 years, influenced by Confucian principles of social order. Most samurai lost their direct possession of the land: all land ownership was concentrated in the hands of the about 300 daimyo. The samurai had a choice: Give up their sword and become peasants, or move to the city of their feudal lord and become a paid retainer. Only a few land samurai remained in the border provinces of the north, or as direct vassals of the shogun, the 5,000 so-called hatamoto. The daimyo were put under tight control of the shogunate. Their families had to reside in Edo; the daimyo themselves had to reside in Edo for one year and in their province (han) for the next. This system was called sankin kotai.

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Post  Life Pilgrim on Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:25 am

Thanks Hunter I owe those links some time. Smile
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Post  Guest on Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:41 am

Perhaps also something funny to watch is the movie called: The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. Shows how a couple of samurai try to help defend a village from thieves.
It is a old movie(1954) but there are some torrents on the internet for downloading it(I doubt you can buy it anywhere).
The value of the movie is in the fact that: it is made by a Japanese person. Hence give a bit of the opinion of the Japanese people about the samurai instead of some documentary approach.

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Post  Dowly on Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:23 am

Thanks Hunter. cheers

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Post  Life Pilgrim on Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:15 pm

Darasuum wrote:Perhaps also something funny to watch is the movie called: The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. Shows how a couple of samurai try to help defend a village from thieves.
It is a old movie(1954) but there are some torrents on the internet for downloading it(I doubt you can buy it anywhere).
The value of the movie is in the fact that: it is made by a Japanese person. Hence give a bit of the opinion of the Japanese people about the samurai instead of some documentary approach.

No they are still selling it. Tried to buy it but the price tag was over 50 bucks. think

And I really like Shogun Assassin(A wolf and a cub) and intended to buy it but the price tag was over 70 bucks shock
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