Meiji 33 (明治三十三年)
Timeline of 1900
- 1900/1/8 Twenty-six people, the first Okinawan immigrants to Hawaii, arrive in Honolulu. They are kept in quarantine for roughly a week.
- 1900/1/16 The 26 Okinawan immigrants to Hawaii are sent to Ewa plantation (on O'ahu).
- 1900/1/13-30 The first (modern-style) public exhibition of work by Hokusai to be held in Japan takes place at Ueno Park in Tokyo.
- 1900/2/11 The engagement of Crown Prince Yoshihito (the future Taishô Emperor) and Kujô Sadako, daughter of Kujô Michitaka, is announced in the press, to the public, and announced to the gods and to the Imperial ancestors in a private rite performed within the Palace.
- 1900/4/14 Paris World's Fair, at which Japan exhibits, opens.
- 1900/5/10 Crown Prince Yoshihito marries Kujô Sadako.
- 1900/summer Boxer Rebellion in China.
- 1900/5/23 The Crown Prince and Princess depart Tokyo to travel to Ise Shrine, and to the tombs of Emperor Jimmu and Emperor Kômei.
- 1900/6/2 The Crown Prince and Princess depart Kyoto for the return to Tokyo.
- 1900/6/14 The Organic Act passed by the US Congress goes into effect, banning contract labor throughout the US (and thus freeing Japanese plantation workers in Hawaii from their contracts). Hawaii officially begins to be administered as a Territory of the United States.
Other Events of 1900
- Itagaki Taisuke retires from government.
- Nitobe Inazô publishes his Bushido: The Soul of Japan.
- Itô Hirobumi founds the Seiyûkai political party.
- Shin Hawaii by Fujii Hidegorô, the first history of the Japanese community in Hawaii, is published.
- Shuri Ward buys the buildings constituting Shuri castle from the Home Ministry, and is permitted to lease the land (the castle grounds) for a thirty-year period.
- Taiwan Banjin Jijô by Inô Kanori and Awano Dennojô, the first extensive study of Taiwanese aborigines, is published.
- Yamagata Aritomo engineers a considerable increase in the military's political influence, by putting into place a policy that only active duty officers can serve as Minister of Army or Navy. This means that the military can break any cabinet by forcing its officers to resign (and thus, forcing them to step down from the cabinet, creating a vacancy).
Births and Deaths
- 1900/3/9 Kojima Shikanosuke dies (b. 1830).
- 1900/3/20 Former Shinsengumi Corporal Shimada Kai dies (b. 1828).
- 1900/8/25 Former Prime Minister Kuroda Kiyotaka dies (b. 1840).
- Iwao Seiichi, Japanese historian, is born (d. 1997).
- Mizuno Jun, first Chief of Home Affairs of Taiwan dies (b. 1851).
- Sugihara "Sempo" Chiune is born (d. 1986).