Japan's History

Geography of Japan

Japan is a series of four islands off the coast of Asia. It has a mountainous terrain with very few plains which made it difficult to grow food. Being an island, Japan was safe from attack from the Chinese and the Mongols, yet close enough for the cultures to blend.
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The Japanese religion was called Shintoism, and had a strong belief in respect and honor of ancestors as well as nature. The religion is polytheistic, with the most important of the gods being the sun goddess who gives light to the world. Shinto worshippers believe in spirits called Kami that live in nature.