Japan's History

Geography of Japan

  • Japan is surrounded by the Ring of Fire along with other parts of the world
  • The Ring of Fire is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen
  • Japan is isolated which makes it hard for enemies to invade Japan
  • Japan is very mountainous
  • Mild climate and sufficient rainfall also protects Japan
  • Most people in Japan eat a lot of seafood like fish and tuna because of the geography of Japan
  • Japanese Archipelago are the islands that form the country of Japan and extends northeast to southwest
  • Five main islands of Japan are Hokkaido, Honshu , Kyushu , Shikoku , and Okinawa
  • Japan is 100 miles off the Asian mainland and east of the Korean Peninsula

Backstory of Japan

  • By the late 300s A.D. one clan in particular began to stand out politically and influentially
  • Yamato clan migrated from Asia over 2000 years ago
  • Ainu is the earliest inhabitants
  • Uii clans had many chiefs and special gods or goddesses who was seen as the clans original ancestor
  • Japan was involved in World War II along with other countries like America, and Germany
Amazing Real Combat Footage From WW2

Feudalism in Japan

  • The era of feudalism in Japan was from the 12th century all the way to the 19th century
  • Powerful families or military warlords dominated most of the land during this time
  • Feudalism was organized in a four-tiered social structure
  • Kings were a top the social class, then the warriors,artisans, and lastly serfs or peasants
  • Warriors did the most work, they protected the land, the king and fought in war
  • Kings were religious leaders along with being war leaders

Shintoism in Japan

  • Shintoism was a religion developed only in Japan
  • Shinto actually means "the way of the gods"
  • Shin meaning "spirits" and Tao meaning " the way"
  • Shintoism has no bible or holy book
  • Norito in poetic form are presented by priests at the shrines or temples
  • Basic virtues of Shintoism are wisdom,kindness, and truthfulness

Current Events in Japan

  • Tokyo created a Jordan brand sneaker called the Tokyo 5s
  • The average price of them are about $2,500
  • Tokyo was also the place where they filmed Fast and Furious:Tokyo Drift
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