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Matsue (pop. 200,000) is the capital of Shimane prefecture, one of Japan's least densely populated regions. Matsue (Japanese: 松江市, Matsue-shi) is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, Japan, located in the Chūgoku region of Honshu. The city has an estimated population of 202,008 (1...
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Matsuri (祭) are Japan's traditional Shinto festivals taking place mostly in late spring and summer. Participants typically carry a mikoshi in the streets of their district or around their local Shinto shrine. Some matsuri have thousands of participants and up to a few million onlookers. The most...
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Minamoto (源) – the Minamoto clan defeated the rival Taira clan in 1185, establishing the first shogunate. Minamoto (源) was one of the surnames bestowed by the Emperors of Japan upon members of the imperial family who were excluded from the line of succession and demoted into the ranks of the...
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Meiji Restoration – The 1867 restoration of the Emperor to being the true ruler of the country, in practice as well as the name and the downfall of the last shogunate. The Meiji Restoration (明治維新, Meiji Ishin), referred to at the time as the Honorable Restoration (御一新, Goisshin), and also...
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