Sakoku – When Japan locked its borders for 200 years

Before the early 1600s, many nations were present on the main land of Japan. Traders, missionaries and others from Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and several other nations were starting to influence Japanese culture. So much in fact, that the ruling upper class became anxious. Tokugawa IemitsuĀ (1604-1651) was the ruling shogun and eventually banned virtually all foreigners.