The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573) 戦国時代

  • Published on : 26/04/2020
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The Sengoku era: the time of castles, samurai and zen

The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573) marked a turning point in the history of Japan. During this period of wars and internal strife, the power of the shoguns was weakened and passed into the hands of the local lords. It is also a period of cultural evolution: Zen influences culture and Westerners arrive.

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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