A Chronology of Japanese History

Written and compiled by David Turkington
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Japanese Periods
(With links)
Chinese Periods
(Non-links - for comparison purposes)
Mythology Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC)
Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 CE)
Three Kingdoms Period (220-265)
Jin Dynasty (265-420)
Yamato Period (300-550) & Asuka Period (550-710)  
Southern & Northern Dynasties (420-581)
Sui Dynasty (581-618)
Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Nara Period (710-794)  
Heian Period (794-1185)  
Five Dynasties (907-960)
Song Dynasty (960-1279)
Kamakura Period (1185-1333)  
Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)
Muromachi Period (1338-1573) (Mongol Rule)
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568-1600)  
Edo Period (1603-1868)  
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Meiji Period (1868-1912) (Manchu Rule)
Taishō Period (1912-1926) People's Republic of China (1911-1949)
Shōwa Period (1926-1989) (Nationalist Rule)
People's Republic of China (1949-Present)
Heisei Period (1989-Present) (Communist Rule)

"What is most striking about the way of life in the late Prehistoric Period is that it was so much like the way of life in Japanese villages fifteen centuries later."
Richard K. Beardsley
Japan before History: A Survey of the Archaeological Record
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