The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573) 戦国時代

  • Published on : 26/04/2020
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L'époque Sengoku : le temps des châteaux, des samouraïs et du zen

L’époque Sengoku (1477 - 1573) marque un tournant dans l’Histoire du Japon. Durant cette période de guerres et de luttes intestines, lepouvoir des shoguns est affaibli et passe aux mains des seigneurs locaux. C'est aussi une période d'évolution culturelle : le zen influence la culture et les occidentaux font leur arrivée.

Foreign ships thus arrived at this time in the ports of southern cities, in Kyushu, in particular in Hirado, Funai, Kagoshima, then mainly Nagasaki from 1571. The western imprint of this time is moreover very visible in this city, through villas and churches.

It was also the time when the first Christian missionaries arrived in Japan: many Japanese, including daimyos, were then converted. In the early sixteenth century, it is estimated that there were around 700,000 Christians in Japan.

European ships arriving in Japan (16th century)

European ships arriving in Japan (16th century)

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The Glover Garden of Nagasaki

The Glover Garden of Nagasaki


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