Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire

2004, TV Show

A three-hour history of `a world the reverse of Europe' from the first arrival of Westerners in the 16th century until their return some 200 years later. In between, the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu would unite the country and his successors would expel most Westerners.

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Free | Xfinity Aired: 5/26/2004

Season 1, Episode 3
Isolated from the West, 18th century Edo flourishes culturally and economically, becoming one of the liveliest cities in the world. But foreign forces are coming.

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Season 1, Episode 2
The grandson of Ieyasu, Tokugawa Iemitsu, tightens control over Japan's warlords and expels all foreigners.

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Season 1, Episode 1
Tokugawa Ieyasu unifies Japan and establishes a dynasty that will rule Japan for over 250 years.

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Premiered: May 26, 2004, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A three-hour history of `a world the reverse of Europe' from the first arrival of Westerners in the 16th century until their return some 200 years later. In between, the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu would unite the country and his successors would expel most Westerners.

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