In Japan from 1603 until 1868, the Emperor’s position was weak – and in his place, a Shogun of the Tokugawa clan ruled with a stern hand to ensure peace among the Daimyos. The insignificant fishing village of Edo became the new seat of government and soon emerged as the most important city in Japan – a city known today as Tokyo. In order to protect themselves from intrigue during this time, the Tokugawa clan required each Daimyo to take up residence in Edo while also spending a considerable portion of their wealth to develop this region. The samurai are disarmed, and the best of them now serve their lords as stewards. If one does not question the Shogun’s claim to power during these troubled times, a Daimyo may gain wide influence on otherfamilies.