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Muromachi Period Timeline

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  • 1246 CE - 1259 CE
    Reign of Japan's Emperor Go-Fukakusa.
  • 1259 CE - 1274 CE
    Reign of Japan's Emperor Kameyama.
  • 1318 CE - 1339 CE
    Go-Daigo reigns as emperor of Japan.
  • 1333 CE - 1573 CE
  • c. 1333 CE
    Nitta Yoshisada attacks and destroys Kamakura, capital of Japan's Kamakura Shogunate.
  • 1333 CE - 1336 CE
    The Kemmu Restoration when the Japanese emperor Go-Daigo uses rebel warlords to oust the Kamakura Shogunate.
  • 1333 CE
    The position of deputy shogun (kanrei) is created in Japan.
  • 1336 CE
    Ashikaga Takauji captures Heiankyo (Kyoto).
  • Jul 1336 CE
    Ashikaga Takauji defeats Emperor Go-Daigo's chief ally Yoshisada at the battle of Minatogawa near Kobe.
  • 1337 CE - 1392 CE
    Japan has two competing emperors: the 'Northern and Southern Courts.
  • 1338 CE
    Ashikaga Takauji becomes the new shogun in Japan, it is the beginning of the Ashikaga (Muromachi) Shogunate.
  • 1338 CE - 1573 CE
    The Ashikaga (Muromachi) Shogunate rules Japan.
  • 1338 CE - 1358 CE
    Ashikaga Takauji rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1350 CE - 1352 CE
    Japan's shogun Ashikaga Takauji battles his brother Tadayoshi.
  • 1359 CE - 1368 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshiakira rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1368 CE - c. 1394 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshimitsu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1395 CE - 1423 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshimochi rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1397 CE
    The Kinkakuji or 'Golden Pavilion' is built in Heiankyo (Kyoto) by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.
  • 1401 CE
    Japan joins the tribute system of China's Ming Dynasty.
  • 1420 CE - 1506 CE
    Life of the celebrated Zen priest and artist Sesshu (real name Toyo)
  • 1423 CE - 1425 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshikazu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1429 CE - 1441 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshinori rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1442 CE - 1443 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshikatsu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1449 CE - 1474 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshimasa rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1460 CE - 1483 CE
    Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) is built in Heiankyo (Kytoto) Japan by Ashikaga Yoshimasa.
  • 1467 CE - 1477 CE
    The Onin War between rival warlords rages in Japan.
  • 1467 CE - 1568 CE
  • 1473 CE
    Ryoanji in Heiankyo (Kyoto) becomes a Zen Buddhism temple.
  • 1474 CE - 1489 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshihisa rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1490 CE - 1493 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshitane rules in his first spell as shogun of Japan.
  • 1494 CE - 1508 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshizumi rules as shogun in Japan.
  • c. 1500 CE
    The famous Zen rock garden at Ryoanji temple in Heiankyo (Kyoto) is laid out.
  • 1508 CE - 1521 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshitane rules in his second spell as shogun of Japan.
  • 1521 CE - 1546 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshiharu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1543 CE
    The first European contact is made with Japan when three Portuguese traders have their ship blown onto the shores of southern Kyushu.
  • 1546 CE - 1565 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshiteru rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1568 CE - 1582 CE
    Oda Nobunaga seizes Heiankyo (Kyoto) and is the dominant military leader in central Japan.
  • 1568 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshihide rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1568 CE - 1588 CE
    Ashikaga Yoshiaki rules as shogun in Japan (but is exiled by Oda Nobunaga from 1573 CE).
  • 1573 CE
    Oda Nobunaga exiles the last Ashikaga shogun, Yoshiaki.

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