1868 - End of the Tokugawa Shogunate/Start of Meiji Restoration

The Meiji Restoration of 1868 in Japan saw the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and the restoration of the Meiji emperor. Lasting until 1912, the Meiji Restoration, heavily influenced by Japan’s opening to Europe and the United States, saw the decline of the samurai warrior class and Japan’s emergence into the modern era.


The Meiji emperor moving from Kyoto to Tokyo.
“Le Monde Illustre”, February 20, 1869.