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In a nutshell

A time when Japan closed off its borders and froze its social order


When was the Tokugawa period?

The Tokugawa period in Japan – also known as the Edo period – lasted between 1603 and 1868, and saw the country flourish economically and culturally. It is widely viewed as the final period of traditional Japan before it moved to a new, modern era.

Who was responsible for this era of stability?

In 1603, warrior and statesman Tokugawa Ieyasu was given the title of shogun (military governor) by Emperor Go-Y zei in recognition of his successes in the country’s civil war. The title effectively gave him control over Japan, and he set about restoring stability to the country. Among his achievements was encouraging foreign trade, particularly with Europe.

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