The 1868 Meiji Restoration was a crucial moment in Japanese and modern world history. The samurai-dominated feudal regime was overthrown, and the new regime, advocating adoption of Western models, quickly revamped political, economic, military, religious, and social structures, transforming 250 semi-autonomous feudal fiefs into a unified nation-state. Within a few decades, Japan rivaled Western nations in military and economic prowess.

During this year’s sesquicentennial and beyond, this project seeks to spark and nurture academic and popular interest, as well as disseminate new interpretations of the Meiji Restoration to an international audience.

Upcoming Conferences

Roundtable: The Meiji Restoration at 150: Researching, Commemorating, and Teaching

Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
Washington, DC
Saturday March 24, 8:30AM to 10:30AM

Meiji Restoration & the Modern World

Nankai University
Tianjin, China
July 28-29, 2018

Revisiting Japan’s Restoration: Interregional, Alternative, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

National University of Singapore
September 28, 2018

Meiji Japan in the World—Meiji Japan to the World

International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
Kyoto, Japan
December 14-16, 2018

Past Conferences

Project Core Conferences

The Meiji Restoration and Its Afterlives

Social Change and the Politics of Commemoration
Yale University
September 15-17, 2017

Global History and the Meiji Restoration

Heidelberg University
July 3-5, 2015

The Civil Wars of Japan's Meiji Restoration & National Reconciliation

Global Historical Perspectives
Wake Forest University
January 30-31, 2015
Other Restoration Conferences

Meiji Japan in Global History Workshop

Duke University
November 10-11, 2017

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Please help us chronicle the 150-year anniversary of the Meiji Restoration! If you have a personal story, an interesting website, a photograph, or relevant online media content, please share it with us. At the end of 2018, we look forward to presenting a compilation of contributions to allow us to further explore the Meiji Restoration sesquicentennial.
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