With the restoration of the Meiji Emperor
in the late 19th century, these were consolidated into four prefectures or states.
When then Japanese Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko visited Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit in November 1962, the general remarked that he knew the prince's grandfather (actually the prince's great-grandfather), Meiji Emperor
Matsushito, whom he considered a very good friend of the Filipinos.
The narrative is also written from the fictional perspective of Ito, the Meiji emperor
, which provides interesting angles on the scandal.
Subsequent selections, arranged chronologically, cover feudal Japan through the Tokugawa era, Komei, the Meiji emperor
, Taisho, Showa, postwar Japan, and the dynasty's future.
Recognised by friends and enemies alike (including those in China and Korea in the Seven-Year War) as an honourable man and allowed to keep his fief by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the Shimazu would never forgive or forget the betrayals at Sekigahara and would be pivotal in the fall of the Shoganate and the Restoration of the Meiji Emperor
Indeed, not since Japan rose to world-power status during the reign of the Meiji Emperor
(1867-1912) has another non-Western power emerged with such potential to shape the global order.
The 1933 publication of Meiji Tenno Ki [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Chronicles of Emperor Meiji), the official record of the imperial household of the Meiji Emperor
, revealed that the emperor's only surviving child, Prince Sachinomiya, was vaccinated as a young boy in 1857 on the orders of his maternal grandfather, Nakayama Tadayasu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Meiji Tenno Ki 1933, 454-55).