Meiji 42 (明治四十二年)
Timeline of 1909
- 1909/2 Yanagita Kunio collects stories from Sasaki Kizen which will later form his Tales of Tôno, published 1910.
- 1909/6 The Akasaka Detached Palace is completed.
Other Events of 1909
- The government runs out of land to give to Ainu, promised 5 chô per household by the 1899 Former Natives Protection Law.
- The third Bunten is held.
- The first election of representatives to the Okinawan prefectural assembly is held.
- The Hyôkeikan at the Tokyo National Museum, designed by Katayama Tôkuma, is dedicated.
- Ise Shrine is rebuilt.
- The Qing court implements a new policy of jus sanguinis citizenship, the first formal legal definition of Chinese (vs. non-Chinese) nationality.
- Saitô Hajime retires from working at schools.
- Shôchiku buys out the Morita-za.
- Shuri Ward buys the land constituting the grounds of Shuri castle from the central government.
- Tomita Kôjirô is hired by Okakura Kakuzô to aid in research and translation efforts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- Yukatchu in Ryûkyû cease receiving government stipends.
- The complete works of Zeami are published for the first time.
Births and Deaths