Untitled timeline


Yayoi era

300 B.C - 300 A.D

The Yayoi period takes its name from the Yayoi district of Tokyo. Yayoi Culture is defined as Japan's first rice-farming and metal-using culture, and it is identified archaeologically with certain types of artifacts, especially pottery styles.

Japan adopts Chinese writing


Kanji are the "characters" the Japanese adopted from the Chinese

Japanese Middle ages

538 - 1185

Japan in the Middle Ages is also referred to as the “Classical Period” in Japan. Three main periods, the Asuka period, the Nara period, and the Heian period, made up the classical period. During this time empirical dynasties flourished and Buddhism became a central part of the culture.

Heian Period

794 - 1185

This was the final period of “classical” Japanese history. This time period is considered the highlight of the Japanese imperial rule and is noted for the art that was produced during the time. The most significant art produced was the poetry and literature.

Kamakura period

1185 - 1392

occurred during which the basis of feudalism was firmly established. It was named for the city where Minamoto Yoritomo set up the headquarters of his military government, commonly known as the Kamakura shogunate.

Edo Japan

1603 - 1867

The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies and an increase in both environmental protection and popular enjoyment of arts and culture.

Matthew Perry opens Japanese markets


A United States naval officer, Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, negotiated tirelessly for several months with Japanese officials to achieve the goal of opening the doors of trade with Japan.

Russo-Japanese war

1904 - 1905

was "the first great war of the 20th century."[3] It grew out of rival imperial ambitions of the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan over Manchuria and Korea.

Japanese invasion of Manchuria


In 1931, the Japanese Kwangtung Army attacked Chinese troops in Manchuria in an event commonly known as the Manchurian Incident. Essentially, this was an attempt by the Japanese Empire to gain control over the whole province, in order to eventually encompass all of East Asia. This proved to be one of the causes of World War IIs(1).

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and the Philippines


Pearl Harbor- The attack lasted a total of two hours and twenty minutes and included strikes at Wheeler Field in the middle of the island, Oahu, the naval air station at Kaneohe, Ford Island and Ewa Field. Twenty-nine Japanese aircraft were shot down,
Phillippines- The Japanese at their base in Formosa (Taiwan) were worried that an air strike from the Philippines would arrive in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, but no strike came.

Atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki


The atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were conducted by the United States during the final stages of World War II in 1945. The two events are the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date.