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Meiji 39 (明治三十九年)
Timeline of 1906
- 1906/1/7 The first Saionji administration.
- 1906/2/1 Japanese Resident-General of Korea opens.
- 1906/2/19 Prince Arthur arrives in Yokohama aboard the HMS Diadem, on a visit to Japan to officially confer the Order of the Garter upon the Meiji Emperor, on behalf of King Edward VII. He is met by the Meiji Emperor in person later in the day at Shinbashi Station.
- 1906/2/20 Prince Arthur confers the Order of the Garter upon the Emperor, in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace.
- 1906/2/24 The first Japan Socialist Party rally.
- 1906/3/13 Prince Arthur and his entourage depart Japan.
- 1906/3/20 Imperial Library opens.
- 1906/3/25 Shimazaki Tôson publishes Hakai.
- 1906/4/30 Triumphal Military Review of April 1906
- 1906/5/1 Japanese consulate opens in Andong, Manchuria.
- 1906/5/9 Kita Ikki publishes The Theory of Japan's National Polity and Pure Socialism.
- 1906/6/1 Cession of Southern Karafuto from Russia.(Portsmouth Treaty)
- 1906/6 Japan is given rights in the South Manchuria Railway Company.
- 1906/8/18 Laborers strike at Kure Naval Arsenal.
- 1906/10 Yamagata Aritomo Imperial defence policy plan.
- 1906/10/16 Thirty-six Okinawans depart Yokohama for Peru aboard the Itsukushima-maru. They are to be the first Okinawan settlers in Peru.
- 1906/11/25 The Hawaii Okinawa Association is established.
Other Events of 1906
- Benkyôdô Candy Factory opens in San Francisco.
- Makino Nobuaki becomes Minister of Education.
- Okakura Kakuzô's The Book of Tea is published.
- Dai Nihon shi, begun by Tokugawa Mitsukuni in 1657, is completed.
- Kondô Yoshisuke publishes Shinsengumi ôji jissen dansho.
- Natsume Sôseki's Botchan is published.
- Okinawan emigration to Hawaii peaks, with 4,467 people leaving Okinawa and/or arriving in Hawaii this year.
- The first public library in Okinawa opens in Nago.
- The first public museum in China opens in Nantong.
- Pope Pius X asks the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to establish a university in Japan. (Sophia University opens in 1913.)
- Ryûkyû Shimpô becomes a daily newspaper.
- A restoration/renovation project is begun on the Great Buddha Hall at Tôdai-ji, which is completed in 1913.
- Kôjirô Tomita arrives in the US.
- The state of California excludes children of Japanese descent from public schools.
- San Francisco Earthquake destroys many public records, creating the opportunity for Chinese "paper sons" (i.e. Chinese attempting to immigrate to the US with false documentation).
Births and Deaths
- British book collector Frank Hawley is born (d. 1961).
- Art dealer Hayashi Tadamasa dies (b. 1853).
- Kodama Gentarô, 4th Governor-General of Taiwan, dies (b. 1852).
- Artist Kubota Beisen dies (b. 1852).
- Puyi is born (d. 1967).
- Scholar Shunzô Sakamaki is born (d. 1973).
- Artist Yamamoto Hôsui dies (b. 1850).