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The First Two Shogunates: Kamakura and Ashikaga/ Muromachi
Japanese history is unusual, in the sense that for most parts the supreme leader wasn’t the Emperor, but military dictators known as Shoguns. These powerful de-facto rulers wielded absolute power across all the provinces and controlled even the Emperor. What’s most curious is that unlike modern regimes, shoguns mostly co-existed peacefully with their emperors. They are nominally appointed in official ceremonies. The title is also hereditary.
The first shogunate began in 1192 in Kamakura after the famous victory of the Minamoto Clan over the Taira Clan. This lasted for around 150 years, was full of strife, and ended in 1338 when General Ashikaga Takauji secured absolute power. In comparison, the Ashikaga Shogunate was relatively more resilient and managed to last till 1573. As the Ashikawa shoguns established their base of control in the Muromachi district of Kyoto, their era came to be known as the Muromachi era of Japanese History. This is versus the previous Kamakura era.
On a side note, if you’re interested in the history of the Minamoto Clan, you might like to check out games like Genji, Genpei Touma Den, etc.
Toukiden Kiwami Travel Itinerary 2: The Age of Honor
Within the game, Toukiden Kiwami describes the Age of Honor as featuring the characteristics of the Kamakura and Muromachi shogunates. The battleground has a very rustic feel overall, with overgrown trees and shrubbery everywhere. Compared to the Age of Grace, there are also fewer period-distinctive structures, although one of Japan’s most recognizable landmarks makes a cameo.
Before All Else …
Toukiden Kiwami – The Age of Honour
Up next, Japan’s tumultous Warring States Period! Experienced through Toukiden Kiwami’s Age of War!
If you’re thinking of visiting Kamakura, Kyoto, or other shogunate related locations in Japan, this site is easily the best guide.
If you enjoyed this tour of historical Japan, consider getting a copy of Toukiden Kiwami!