Emergence of Japan/Feudal Age

Kevin McLaughlin and Zaria Morris

Geography Sets Japan Apart

  • Japan is located on a chain of islands
  • east of Korean peninsula
  • 4 main islands(Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku)
  • is the size of Montana
  • has a mild climate, and sufficient rainfall
  • most people settled in narrow river valley's
  • learned from Korea
  • seas were also trade routes for Japan
  • Inland sea was very important link among various Japanese islands
  • seas offered plentiful food
  • lies in a region called Ring of Fire, which is made up of volcanoes that circle the pacific ocean
  • tsunamis, killer tidal waves, water earthquake

Early Traditions

  • Japanese migrated from Asian mainlands about 2000 years ago
  • they slowly pushed the earlier inhabitants, the Ainu, onto the northernmost island of Hokkaido
  • Yamato clan claims power
  • early Japanese society was divided into uji, or clans
  • each uji had its own chief/ special god or goddess
  • some clan leaders were women
  • 500 a.d Yamota clan became to dominate
  • Honshu, largest Japanese island
  • Yamota set up Japan's one and only dynasty
  • early Japanese clans honored kami
  • Japanese language similar to Korean language
  • Japan/Korea continuoscontact with each other
  • korea brung sophisticated ideas
  • missionaries from Korea introduced Buddhism

Japan Looks to China

  • Japanese rulers adopted the title "heavenly emperor" and claimed absolute power.
  • strengthened the central government, set up bureaucracy, and adopted a code of law.
  • the Japanese emperor built a capital at nara, modeled on the tang capital
  • Japanese officials and scholars used Chinese characters to write official histories.
  • tang music and dances and gardens became very popular.
  • adopted pagoda architecture
  • the Japanese