The History of Kinmyou – Kozan’s Ancient Capital

Prior to the establishment of the Federal Kingdom of Eastern Kozan, Kinmyou had been the cultural center of Eastern Kozan. Located an hour south of Kozankyo and near the Youkai Mountain range, Kinmyou was considered by many to be the de facto capital of Eastern Kozan partly due to where Kozan got most of its cultural influence and still remains a popular place to live.

Kinmyou lies on the junction of the Sanzu River and is home to a number of museums and gardens. They are an industrial place for gold products to be manufactured, hence the name. Kinmyou is also home to a thriving youkai-born community in the Risuoka ward east of Downtown Kinmyou. More than 1.7 million people live in Kinmyou, and experiences much of the same weather as Kozankyo with warm summers and cold winters with less snow.

History

Edo Period

At the top of one of the Youkai Mountain range’s tallest mountains, there lied a shrine named the Moriya Shrine. It was named for its founder Suwako Moriya, a former shrine maiden who was enshrined as a deity following her death. Eventually, a couple devoted to the shrine eventually became the head priest and priestess, and eventually had three daughters: Kanako, who eventually became a future chief priestess, Sanae, who went on to serve the future eastern Kozanese court, and Suwako II, who also became a future chief priestess.

Kinmyou was formally established by Lady Sanae in 1758, more than half a century after the Federal Kingdom of Eastern Kozan was founded. After she died in 1764, her descendants of the Moriya Shrine continued to run Kinmyou. It was established as a ward in 1794 and would eventually become the site for Kozan declaring independence from Swedish rule as a constitutional monarchy on May 17, 1809.

In the 1830s, many Swedish people began to settle in the city. As Eastern Kozan was a free sovereign state, many youkai-borns sought freedom from Western Kozan as refugees. However, many youkai-borns rebelled against law enforcement over increased penalties from violations. 1845 was the year riots were ignited by youkai-borns over these rules; more than a thousand structures were destroyed by arson. By 1860, the youkai-born population was roughly 3,000.

Meiji Period

Following the Meiji Restoration when Western Kozan dissolved into Eastern Kozan to form the reunified Kozan, the city’s economy boosted and with increased gold demand. By 1901, Kinmyou was the eighth largest city in Kozan, with over half a million inhabitants.

Taisho Period

During World War I, demand for gold increased as many soldiers gave gold products including jewelry to friends and family as farewell gifts before they risked their lives in the war. Following the war, the population continued to grow thanks to the immigration of European and North American individuals.

Showa Period

Kinmyou was flooded in 1936. By World War II, nine in ten inhabitants were ethnic Japanese or native Kozanese of Japanese descent. Demand for gold increased again during WWII, and manufacturing plants operated 24/7. The city has primarily voted Democratic during the election seasons. During the latter part of the 20th century, Kinmyou shifted their economic base to education and tourism. Many people in Eastern Kozan attended the University of Eastern Kozan, a public research university funded by the monarch and prime minister of Kozan.

The Kozan-Soviet conflict caused the population to fall, even though the metro population continued to grow.

Heisei Period

Kinmyou was still economically strong when the Heisei Period began in 1989 as they were adding jobs when other cities in Kozan were losing them.

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