Thank you I was was is serious I saw the pattern and I was wondering why they have Hito at the end of their names thought it was little coincidental and wasn’t sure if it was a given last name or not since last names started to be use in the Meji Restoration period. Prior only hire class individuals had last names like Oda nobunaga also members of the samurai class would have last names but if you were a member of the farming class then you would not have a last name
Glad I could help. Anyhow, yes, the use of last names in the sense they are used in the West was more an import to Japan from the West. Prior to that exposure, names were indicative more of class and clan distinctions but even then not necessarily so.Thus why even today there is no official dynastic name for the Japanese monarchs. (Again, the Yamato dynasty being a term of convenience in the West. It is not used in Japan at all.) As noted, the "hito" suffix was born as an indicator of the presumed moral superiority of the monarch, who as I also noted inherited that status from being, according to legend, descended from the Sun goddess, according to the tenets of the dominant Shinto religion.
Oh yea and Shinto helped the Japanese keep there culture prior to the meji restoration Shintoism was not highly practice in japan by that time and Buddhism and confusion teaching was the major religions in japan. Part of what musohito did was brought back the Shinto religion which allowed the Japanese the Establish a cultural identity which has permeated it to this day this is why Japan didn’t lose its culture unlike China which used to be Hailee Confucianist with some elements of Buddhism extent but the worst came in and discouraged the idea of Confucianism and eventually Mao Zedong shut it down completely
There is a lot of truth in what you say, though I would also add that the militarists and hard core nationalists of the post-World War I era also found it useful. They did their level best to keep Shintoism alive and make it a driving force in Japanese culture and therefore in Japanese politics. "Emperor worship" gave the generals and the admirals both a focal point for loyalty and also a motivational force to drive a distinct sense of Japanese national identity. This being easier to do in an island nation that was both insular and yet highly imitative.
Very true The issue of Japan leading up to world war two is they got really screwed over during world war one if I remember right they I take it over Taiwan and the Europeans handed it back to China they also took over the Ryukyu Islands and once again they were headed back over to China. And Japan had become a regional power whose land power was reduced they are also highly ignored and brushed off as allies during World War I which led them to become more Imperialistic and start their expansion in territory. They would’ve been successful had a not woken up at sleeping giant.
Your recollections about Japan post-WWI are not quite right. In fact, at minimal cost, Japan made huge gains from World War I.It acquired Taiwan after the Sino-Japanese War of the 1890s and retained it until 1945. Japan entered WWI - despite British efforts to deter it, nominally in the name of the Anglo-Japanese alliance - in late August, 1914. The biggest battle it fought was the battle of Tsingtao - now referred to as Qingdao. They also attacked numerous German controlled islands throughout the Pacific, and sent one squadron of destroyers for anti-submarine duty in the Mediterranean.At war's end, Japan was denied some of the territories it had acquired in mainland China - mostly because China entered the war in 1917 to get a seat at the peace conference and protect its interests with the help of the USA. However, Japan was awarded the Marshall, Marianas, Caroline and various other islands, all of which it then fortified in violation of the terms of the peace treaty. Japan's only other "failure" was to get through a "racial equality clause" into the Covenant of the League of Nations. Even here, though, the Japanese used it as leverage to get more concrete territorial and reparations gains and used the denial at home for propaganda purposes.In the end, Japan suffered about 1,700 combat deaths in a war it fought from August, 1914 to November, 1918. For comparison, the USA lost 116,000 dead from April, 1917 to November, 1918. Suffice to say, WWI was wildly popular in Japan - at least until wartime production failed to keep pace with rising global demand. This leading to the "rice riots" of August and September, 1918. Even then, the war and its aftermath was generally viewed favorably by Japan's public - this helping to lead to the period of "Taisho Democracy" in the 1920s.
Yes I’m actually surprised we didn’t cover the rice riots in class, unfortunately takihito was pretty much insane due to led poisoning as a child or last that’s what I was taught. by the way Tsingtao beer is amazing. Japan woukd also lie to its people about winning the war from what I understand it was Quite a shock to the Japanese people when their war effort was failing and they lost the war. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t like the fact that we drop the Atom bomb, arguably it would save Japan I think the Lore and the estimate was that at least 1 million Americans would die and the entire Japanese people would essentially be extinct. Except for the Japanese people who are living abroad at the time. Invasion of mainland Japan would not have been good
No argument from me on all of the above. Albeit I think that the Japanese public, whatever government propaganda was telling them, realized that they were losing World War II. However, in that period, Emperor worship was so strong that the public stayed the course.As for Emperor Yoshihito - the Taisho Emperor - it is true that lead poisoning as a baby made him a sickly figure and he ultimately, in the early 1920s, stood down to allow Crown Prince Hirohito - later the Showa Emperor - to serve as regent. However, during WWI, his condition was closely kept from the public, he served out his constitutional and ceremonial duties and indeed appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace for the end of war celebrations on Armistice night in 1918 - to shouts of Banzai! all around.By the way, totally agree with you on the beer. It ironically being based on a German recipe as the Tsingtao was the chief port of the German leasehold in Kiachow province. Hence the Japanese attack on the German garrison there and why it was the largest battle in the Pacific in WWI.
You know I honestly think they had a big beer party after the fought that battle, And it still taste like Heineken which is ironically a German beer. And yeah with the taisho Emperor that makes sense we did the same thing with FDR. For years he would refuse to be seen in a wheelchair to the public unfortunately a lot of people when they see that their leader is sickly they tend to lose confidence in the leader ship which is a bad situation for any country
Well, definitely. Although the Japanese had a real problem by 1919. The Emperor's declining health was beginning to have an impact on his mental state. In that year the Emperor appeared before the Diet for the ceremonial reading of the Imperial Rescript that year. (The Rescript was the government's planned legislative and policy agenda for the year. Not unlike the Queen's Speech from the Throne in the UK.) So with all the members of the Diet gathered before him, suddenly the Emperor rolled up the document and looked through it as it was a telescope. The records of the time show that the members sat there in stunned silence until finally the Emperor regained his faculties and opened the Rescript and read it.It was later explained to the press that the Emperor had been checking to make sure that the Rescript had been properly rolled up. Which the press obligingly reported.Suffice to say, by 1920 discussions of a regency had begun and the next year the Emperor left Tokyo and the Crown Prince was named regent until the Emperor's death in 1926. At which point, no doubt, the government of the day let out a huge sigh of relief since, strictly speaking, under the Meiji Constitution, at least in theory, the Emperor could have reclaimed his powers at any point. He being a "living god" after all.Suffice to say, even in his terminal decline in late 1944 and early 1945, the US government did not have those kinds of problems with FDR - and that was in the midst of WWII!!!Now aren't you glad you asked? I think I'll have a beer.
That does make sense I wonder if the Japanese had some influence from the Romans or if it was brought over by the Europeans in the 1500s
Most likely it was brought over by the Europeans. For most of Japanesse history, they were isolations from the rest of the world; however, that changed after America forced trade with Japan in the late 1800's. by the way, this forced trade would turn Japan into a superpower and Japan became America's #1 enemy around 50 years later during WW2. I am guessing that this and the western influence after WW2 would be the events that would encourage the use of emperor.It could have been earlier, but access to Japan was very limited for most of history. However, we do know that some religious, Cathlic, people were allowed into Japan.
They were open form all but 200 years of there history like I said there were open up until mid 1500-1865 when Mathew parry came and opened them up
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