japanese history link of the day
Matthew Yglesias asked for suggestions of research sources on Japan's Meiji Restoration (1868 - 1912). In the comment thread, one post recommended this site.
In 1867/68, the Tokugawa era found an end in the Meiji Restoration. The emperor Meiji was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo which became the new capital; his imperial power was restored. The actual political power was transferred from the Tokugawa Bakufu into the hands of a small group of nobles and former samurai.
Another commentator pointed out that Akira Kurosawa's classic film Yojimbo is set during that period.