Russian representative Nikolai Rezanov reaches Nagasaki in a failed attempt to establish trade relations with Japan
Shogunate bans foreign ships
Rebellion led by Oshio Heihachiro to overthrow city officials and wealthy merchants who did nothing about the poverty-stricken poor.
July 8, 1853
Arrival of (American) Commodore Matthew Perry who, through a series of unfair treaties, forces Japan to end the Sakoku Period
Tokugawa Yoshinobu becomes the 15th, and last Shogun. Under his reign there was a civil war between the Pro-shogunate Daimyo and others who favoured the emperor. He eventually resigned in the hope of uniting Japan.
Final Collapse of the Shogunate and reinstatement of the Emperor