Principle Japanese Historical Eras
Nara Era (capital in Nara)
Heian Era (capital moved to Kyoto)
Kamakura Shogunate (military rulers take over governance)
Sengoku (Warring States) Era
Azuchi-Momoyama Era (unification under feudal shoguns)
Edo Period/Tokogawa Shogunate (capital moved to Edo—present-day Tokyo).
U. S. Admiral Perry opens Japanese ports for trade with the West
Meiji Era (Imperial authority restored)
Taisho Era (reign of Emperor Taisho)
Showa Era (reign of Emperor Hirohito)
Heisei Era (reign of Emperor Akihito)
Reiwa Era (reign of Emperor Naruhito)
NOTE: The kimono, art and antiques on this site date from the Meiji Era to the early Heisei Era of modern Japanese history.