How the Empire of Japan wanted to ignore the Allies

It’s the summer of 1945. The Second World War has been won in Europe but now the Allies were still battling against the uncompromising Empire of Japan. During the Potsdam Conference, the Allied Forces officially requested an unconditional surrender. The Allies clearly stated that if Japan did not surrender it would face “prompt and utter destruction”.

Poetry Gambling

In 17th century Japan, citizens began betting on games of poetry. The precursor to the development of the art form of haiku, haikai was a parlor game that spread from the scholars and aristocrats to the common people.

The Nun Shogun

Famously known as the “nun” shogun, Hōjō Masako fell in love with Minamoto Yoritomo when he was exiled from the capital by enemies of his family. Masako married the future shogun and then aided in his rise to power.

An Unasked-For Tale

Towazugatari, or “The Unasked-For Tale” is commonly translated from Japanese as “The Confessions of Lady Nijō.” This autobiographical work, written by a concubine of the Japanese Emperor Go-Fukakusa, has great historical significance as it offers a unique peek into the Japanese imperial court.