A stressful time for Japan between 1630 and 1860 during which the nation experienced PMS and an unusually heavy flow. Modern researchers attribute this to the hormonal imbalance caused by Japan's new boyfriend (or Shogun) Bob Tokugawa. An alternate theory states that it was due to eating vast amounts of ice cream due to the increased rice production during the time, but most historians disagree with this assessment claiming that the increased agricultural production (and subsequent ice cream binge) helped alleviate the stress caused by Bob Tokugawa's institution of harsh class divisions, and his disputed decision to change long distance providers.
Eventually the Tokugawa period ended, an event that oddly coincided with Japan rejecting its new boyfriend Fred Tokugawa (a relative of Bob Tokugawa) and calling the dreamy Emperor Meiji. This led to less water retention, more open relations with other nations (that Meiji was a swinger), and clearer ports.
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