Classical Japan is a period when the Yamato clan rose to power and became Japan's first dynasty. It includes the Asuka, Nara, and Heian Periods.
This period is sometimes referred to as the feudal period of Japan. The land was ruled by powerful warlords called "daimyo" and their leader, called "shogun." These warlords often battled each other.
The Edo Period was a time of relative peace and prosperity with a centralized government under the Shogun. Merchants became more powerful as the economy improved.
During this time Japan becomes a unified state ruled by the emperor. It also expands, colonizing and conquering nearby lands such as Taiwan and Korea.
The United States drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrenders and World War II comes to an end. The United States occupies Japan.
1989 - Emperor Hirohito dies.