Definitions for "Meiji Restoration"
1853-1868; culminated in the collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu and the restoration of imperial rule. So called after Emperor Meiji, whose chosen name was written with the characters for "culture and enlightenment."
Political program that followed the destruction of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, in which a collection of young leaders set Japan on the path of centralization, industrialization, and imperialism.
The Restoration (1868) marked the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, when power was fully restored to the emperor.