emperor taisho

[Messy sketches of Yuuri for my Runaway Princes au. His outfit is a bit simplistic and I plan on adding more details, but I based the basic design off of Emperor Taisho. I wanted his crown to resemble something fairylike, to give off the feeling that he’s something more than human, since the reigning monarch is believed to be inhabited by a god.] Victor’s design will be coming soon!

With no son to name heir to the throne, the current empress chooses her nephew as her successor. Yuuri accepts, but isn’t quite sure he’s palace material. 


July 30th 1912: Emperor Meiji dies

On this day in 1912 the Emperor of Japan, Emperor Meiji, died in Tokyo aged 59. He ascended to the throne on February 3rd 1867 upon the death of his father Emperor Kōmei. Meiji ruled for 45 years, and during this time Japan transformed dramatically. The year after he came to the throne the Tokugawa Shogunate, the samurai who had led Japan since around 1600, officially handed power back to the emperor, thus beginning the Meiji Restoration. The period that followed saw Japan undergo significant modernisation from a feudal, samurai system to a state that more mirrored its Western counterparts. This Westernisation was a popular movement that was personally championed by Meiji and included a new school system, dismantling of the feudal class system and adoption of the new Meiji Constitution. A growing impetus for change came as a result of the end of Japan’s sakoku policy of seclusion where the country was closed to foreigners. The policy ended in 1853 with the arrival of US Commodore Matthew Perry and the forcible opening of the country to trade with the West. The subsequent Westernisation policies of the Meiji Restoration were welcomed by many, but not by the former samurai; figures such as Saigō Takamori fought what they saw as the eradication of their way of life. As well as overseeing this Westernisation of Japan, Meiji was emperor during both the Sino-Japanese War in 1894-95 and Russo-Japanese War in 1904-5. When Emperor Meiji died in 1912 and his son took over and became Emperor Taishō, he left Japan a very different country than it was when he first ascended to power.

THIS IMAGE is one of several examples of a largely ignored facet of Old Japanese Photography – a genre called “TAISHO ART” or “TAISHO PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY”. The pictorialism movement in Japan reached its peak during the reign of EMPEROR TAISHO (1912-26), thus the name attached to the genre.  Text and image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr

Takamatsu Kikuko, Nobuhito Shinnō-hi Kikuko 宣仁親王妃喜久子 (1911-2004), wife of Prince Takamatsu Nobuhito, Takamatsu no miya Nobuhito Shinnō 高松宮宣仁親王 (1905-1987), son of Emperor Taisho - Japan - February 18, 1930

Children use a bag called a randoseru.

  • In Japan, most elementary school students carry the same kind of bag to school. Once they become first graders, they all look forward to their parents buying their first bag. Some kids use this bag for all six years of elementary school.
  • The randoseru was first used in Japanese schools in 1885, and in 1887 the future Emperor Taisho began using a box-shaped randoseru to take his books to school. In the 1950s, these bags came to be widely used by Japanese students as their main way of carrying books to and from school.
  • The bags are so durable that they can be used for all six years of elementary school without wearing out. As well as leather, some are made of light synthetic leather. 
  • Traditionally, boys’ bags are black and girls’ bags are red, but recently pink bags and other colors and styles have begun to appear.
  • It has also become fashionable for kids to hang small stuffed dolls of their favorite characters from their bags.

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On 2nd December 2015, HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, turned 100 years old.
The prince is the oldest member of the imperial family, living through the reign of three different emperors in the Taisho, Showa and Heisei eras. He is the only living royal family member to have served in the military during the Sino-Japanese war from 1937 and the Pacific Theater of World War II.