Early Queens of Japan

In the past many Japan used to be ruled by empresses as often as by emperors. This history lecture is about the early history of Japan and especially the seven empresses that reigned from the 6th until the 9th century AD.

In ancient times Japan was not the patriarchal society it is today. The very first mention of Japan in ancient Chinese describes it as the country of Wa, reigned by a queen Himiko, as only her wisdom could stop the chieftains from fighting each other.

This lecture will paint a picture of life in early Japan and the court and military tradition of the times. Why was Japan reigned by so many empresses in the Asuka and Nara periods? What did it mean to be empress in those days and did they really reign? What changed in Japanese culture that there were only two empresses since then?


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Antarctica / G & P Collectibles Room

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Saturday 16:00 - 17:00

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