All things about Japan.


Japan's Geography 日本の地理

Japan is an archipelago, an Island group just like the archipelago of Greece. To further explain,it's geography is very mountainous and lacks many resources such as coal, oil, and natural gases. Due to the lack of resources and very mountainous terrain only 12% of the land is suitable for farming. To sustain their population the Japanese fish for food and currently today catch15% of the fish in the world today. To further include the archipelago experiences many natural hazards such as earthquakes , typhoons,and tidal waves which changes their local geography.

Japanese religions 日本の宗教

Japan's native religion Shintoism. Shintoism is the belief in that spirits/gods called the Kami and that they lived in nature and shrines. These spirits through sacrifice would benefit the people and watch over them like "guardian angels". To further explain Shintoism unlike other religions do not have any holy books but however have many

Poems for the Kami. Shintoism also has three significant symbols: 1. A sword - virtue of wisdom. 2. A string of beads - kindness, generosity, and obedience. 3. A mirror - truthfulness and to reflect good and bad.

Another religion that Japan had inherited is Buddhism from the Chinese, due to this half of Japan's population today are Buddhist. However the Japanese did not give up their Shinto beliefs but however had Shinto gods and goddesses worshipped in Buddhist temples. A lot of the Buddhist rituals became part of Shinto rituals combining the religions together.

Japanese History 日本の歴史

Japanese history goes all the way back into the late 700's. In this time period the imperial court of japan moved its capital from Nara to Heian. From the move of this capital , a refined society based on court laws arose. This important time period of Japan was called the Heian period. The court dictated all rules and social life of the Heian society. For example, the court established rules for the people to have high prestige. Laughing in public was considered shameful and the people of the court had to know how to write poetry and paint. The court dictated the appearance of the people , woman wore a certain number of skirts , officials had to wear certain colors for their robes , their were certain forms of address, and there was even a length size of the swords men carried. This period of time was recorded by many women of the court through journals, essays and even novels.

Japanese Feudalism 日本の封建制

Before the Meiji restoration that ended feudalism in 1860 Japan was a feudal country. However Japanese Feudalism unlike European Feudalism was seperated into different categories. To begin with, the leader or figure head at the top of the class was the emperor. The emperor was looked at as a god to the Japanese people however he didn't run the country or the people. He was mostly like a figure head to the people like Queen Elizabeth is today. However the next class of people who actually maintained the country were the shoguns. The shoguns were loyal to the emperor but however held most of the power to deal with economical decisions and dealing with warfare. The third class were the samurai. The samurai were Japan's military force; they swore to live the way of the warrior or they code called "Bushido". They were expected show reckless courage, reverence for the gods, fairness and generosity to those who were weaker than themselves. The lowest class was of course the peasants who also made of most of the population. These simple people were artisans,merchants,farmers, and fisherman. They were the ones who lived day to day life and stayed loyal to the shoguns, showed respect to the samurai, and honored the emperor.
Feudal Japan

Japanese Shrines and Temples.............. 日本の神社仏閣

Current day Japan 現在の日日本

Currently Japan has the third biggest economy in the world. The population of Japan is estimated to be a staggering 126,659,683 based on the 2012 census. The government of Japan today is a democratic parliamentary with a constitutional monarchy at the top. The emperor continues to be simply a figure head and has limited say in the government but however decides who should be prime minister however which is manipulated on democratic votes. Therefore,Japan currently has Shinzo Abe as the prime minister. Based on Japan's history it has changed greatly from being a feudal country that was then restored by Emperor Meiji during the Meiji restoration to now having the third biggest economy in the world.