Abe no Seimei is celebrated as an apex figure in the annals of onmyōdō. His exceptional capabilities arose not merely from inherent gifts but also from dedicated discipline and study. In his formative years, he was under the tutelage of the esteemed Kamo no Tadayuki, the preeminent onmyoji of that era, who guided Seimei long before he himself would ascend to legendary status.
Fujiwara no Nobuko navigated Japan’s Heian era politics with grace, hailing from the influential Fujiwara clan. As a high priestess, she seamlessly blended spiritual duties with courtly obligations, becoming a testament to women’s pivotal roles during her time.
The Chosokabe clan, a samurai family from Shikoku Island, claimed descent from Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor. Rising to prominence under Chosokabe Motochika, they dominated Tosa province before being subjugated by the unifier, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Their history reflects the turbulent dynamics and shifting allegiances of Japan’s Sengoku era.
Empress Sadako, also known as Fujiwara no Teishi, played a pivotal role in the Heian court’s politics. Beyond her influential family connections, her life was interwoven with the era’s cultural tapestry. Her interactions with prominent literary figures, challenges in court politics, and her position amidst the Fujiwara clan’s power dynamics offer a unique lens into the complexities of Heian Japan.
The Ruling Class of Merchants & Professional Classes In feudal Japan, there were three major ruling classes: the samurai ruling class, the merchant class, and the peasant class. Members of the samurai ruling class were nobles or warriors that served in a military capacity. They would have been greatly looked […]
The Tokugawa Shogunate was a feudal Japanese military government, which existed between 1600 and 1868. At the head of the government was the Shogun. All members are referred to as members of the Tokugawa clan, and these years became known as the Edo Period. Following the Sengoku period, which was […]
Ashikaga clan was the most powerful military force in the history of Japan. This clan managed to take control of Japan by using their power and cunning. The Ashikaga clan was established by the first shogun, Ashikaga Takauji. The period in which they ruled is called the Ashikaga shogunate. It […]