The Making of Modern Japan

In the 1860s a group of the younger Samurai launched the Meiji revolution in the Emperor's name. This event, writes Henry McAleavy, helped convert Japan into a modern country, with Western fashions and techniques imposed upon the national habits of centuries.

A teenage Emperor Meiji with foreign representatives at the end of the Boshin War, 1868-1870.A little after ten o’clock on the evening of March 2nd, 1868, a party of Europeans approached the entrance to a Buddhist temple in the newly-opened port of Kobe on the Inland Sea of Japan. Despite the lateness of the hour, in order to gain admission they had to pass through a crowd that had gathered outside the building.

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