Japan in the Edo period was exceedingly peaceful.
Fiction focuses on the pinch points of history.
In Edo era Japan, if you drew your sword with intent to kill, a samurai had to make the kill or commit suicide.
For all intents and purposes, shudo was the world's first form of gay marriage.
Between the years 1639 to 1854, Japan was in what Western historians call "a state of self-imposed isolation". From the Japanese point of view, it was a period when foreigners were not allowed in the country. Subtle difference. One of the main reasons Japan closed its doors to foreign countries was the behavior of Christian missionaries. … Continue reading The Amakusa Rebellion 1637