The Shoguns & Nikko – How three Samurai shaped Japan; Blain In Japan; Luminous Landscape

Nikko was founded in the 8th century by Shodo Shonin, a Zen Buddhist monk before there was any bakufu or shogun in Japan.  The first shogun was Minamoto Yoritomo, appointed by the emperor, Go-Toba, on August 21, 1192.  Although the emperor officially remained the head of the nation by title, Minamoto Yoritomo was responsible for overseeing the day to day welfare of the nation.

Source: The Shoguns & Nikko – How three Samurai shaped Japan – Luminous Landscape

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