noun Japanese History.
- the designation of the period of the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito from 1868 to 1912.
- Japanese history the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito (1867–1912), during which Japan began a rapid process of Westernization, industrialization, and expansion in foreign affairs
- the throne name of Mutsuhito (ˌmuːtsʊˈhiːtəʊ). 1852–1912, emperor of Japan (1867–1912)
“period of rule of emperor Mutsuhito” (1868-1912), which was marked by modernization and Westernization, 1873, from Japanese, literally “enlightened government.”