Edo Period Timeline

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  • 1603 - 1868
    Edo period. The Tokugawa Shogunate rules Japan.
  • Dec 1637 - Apr 1638
    The Shimabara Uprising in Japan which the shogunate blames on Christians, leading to an expulsion of all Europeans.
  • 1682
    Ihara Saikaku writes a collection of fictional stories called 'Koshoku ichidai otoko' ('The Man who Loved Love').
  • 1868
    The Meiji Restoration eliminates the position of shogun in Japan, Edo is renamed Tokyo, and Edo Castle becomes the Imperial Palace.