You can condense Japanese history into five bell curves.
Facts about the Battle of Okehazama (1560) are sketchy, but some creepy details are well recorded.
A samurai seals a pact with an evil spirit. (flash fiction)
It is now believed that there never really was any "kamikaze" at the time of the Mongol invasion.
At this pace, Japan will reach its next military era in about 130 years.
Perry's arrival triggered an ordeal in bureaucratic red tape.
Ten years after Perry's first arrival in Japan, the British had a sober awakening on dealing with the samurai.
Women in Japan never really were demure delicate flowers they were said to be.
Japan in the Edo period was exceedingly peaceful.
Fiction focuses on the pinch points of history.