CHRONOLOGICAL TABL

Eras and events in Japan

Many dates before the 17th centurv are approximate

JOMON (c. 10,000 - 300 BC)
YAYOI (c. 300 BC - AD 300)
KOFUN (c. 300 - 592)
ASUKA (592 - 710)
NARA (710 - 794)
HEIAN (794- 1185)
KAMAKURA (1185- 1333)
NANBOKUCHO (1333 - 1378)
MUROMACHI (1378 - 1573)
1543 Teppo Denrai : First Portuguese land on Tanegashima Island and introduce matchlock guns to Japan
1549 St Francis Xavier Arrives in Kyushu: a beginning of the Christian era and Namban era.
1573 Nobunaga Oda overthrow Shogun Yoshiaki


AZUCHI-MOMOYAMA (1573 - 1603)

1582 Nobunaga Oda assassinated
1590 Hideyoshi Toyotomi rules the whole nation
1596 The Spanish arrives in Japan.
1600 The Dutch arrives in Japan.
1598 Hideyoshi Toyotomi dies

EDO (1603 - 18671) .

1603 leyasu Tokagawa becomes the Shogun
1613 The English arrives in Japan. Ban of Chnstianity
1623 The English withdraw from Japan
1624 The Spanish expelled.
1639 The Portuguese expelled .Beginning of self-imposed seclusion, sokoka. Beginning of Komo Era.
1830s Hokusai's series of ukiyo-e Fugaku sanjurokkei (Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji) and Hokusai Manga appear about this time.
1833 Hiroshige's ukiyo-e Tokaido gojusantsugi ( Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road) begins. 1853 Kurofune Raiho: Commodore Perry of the USA visited Japan requesting the country to be open
1854 Commercial treaty agreement with the USA: end of sakoku.
1867 The Shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa resigns .

MEIJI (1868 - 1912)
1862 International Exhibition, London
1867 Exposition Universelle, Paris
1868 The Meiji Restoration.
1872 First railway between Tokyo to Yokohama open
1873 Welt Ausstellung in Wien.
1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
1893 World's columbian Exposition, Chicago
1894 Anglo-Japanese Alliance signed
1894-95 The Sino-Japanese War.
1899 Exposition Universelle, Paris
1904 The St Louis Purchase Exhibition
1904-05 The Russo-Japanese
1910 Japan-British Exhibition, London

TAISHO (1912 - 1926)
1914 Japan enters World War I on the side of Great Britain and the allies
1923 Great Tokyo Earthquake
SHOWA (1926-1986)
HEISEI (1989-present)


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Contents
Chapter I - Introduction
Chapter II - Pre-Meiji Export Furniture
Chapter III - Social Context in the Meiji Era
Chapter IV - Meiji Export Furniture
Chapter V - Conclusions
Appendix - Footnotes
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