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Contact with China
The leader of the Yamamato clan becomes Emperor of Japan. Chinese writing and Confucianism are adopted by the Japanese
The Nara Period begins. Nara becomes the capital of Japan
The Heian Period begins. The Fujiwara clan begins to dominate the emperor and take his power. It is a time of great cultural and artistic development. The capital is moved to Kyoto
The rise of the Samurai
The Kamakura Period begins. Yorimoto becomes the first Shogun. Japan is ruled by a military government (bakufu). The Mongols invade.
The Kemmu Restoration takes place: The Emperor rules for a short time.
The Ashikaga Period begins. Japan has contact with Europeans. Christianity arrives.
Japan is reunited
The Tokugawa Period begins. Japan closes its doors to the West.
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