Japan

By: Tailyn,Kiera,And Maddie

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Natural Disasters and Climate

  • Japan is located were many continental plates meet, so Japan experiences frequent earthquakes.
  • Famous volcano/tallest mountain is Mt. Fuji
  • Experienced a lot of Typhoons that cost Japan a lot of lives and money.
  • In the North, they experience mild summers and cold winters with a lot of snow fall.
  • In the South, they experience mild winters with little or no snowfall and mild summers.
  • Japan had a sufficient amount of rainfall helping farmer with fertile soil for what little land they had to farm on.
  • In the middle, they experience mild winters and humid summers.
  • Typhoons usually hit in the late summer.
  • Live in a region called The Ring of Fire.

Protection of the Sea's

  • Surrounding by water and having over a thousand islands, which is an Archipelago.
  • Closest land is the Asian Mainland which was about 100 miles away.
  • The Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan and Japan's Mountains were its main protection system.
  • About the size of Montana. Most, 4/5 , of Japan is mountainous. As a result it is hard to farm and most people settled in the narrow river valley and on coastal plains.
  • Farming consisted of wheat, barley, rice and some soybeans.
  • Fishing still today is very popular.

Japan Society

Fuedal Society

Feudal Society, (ranks)

Emperor-held highest rank in society but had no political power.

Shogun- Actual ruler

Daimyo- Large landowners

Samurai-Warriors loyal to daimyo

Peasants- ¾ of the population

Artisans- Made swords and armor for the samurai

Merchants- Lower status gained influence
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Japan Culture

Zen Buddhism

-Zen Buddhism, During Japan's Feudal age,a Buddhist sect from china won widespread acceptance among samurai.

- Showed self reliance,meditation,and devotion to duty

-Changed Culture

-Everyone wanted Happiness and peace

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Japanese Language and Writing

  • 99% Speak Japanese
  • Borrowed heavily from Chinese(49%) and English(9%)
  • 3 major writing systems
  • Hiragana, verbs
  • Katakana, non-Japanese words
  • Kanji, Chinese loan-words

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