Medieval China

The printing process and China's relationship with Japan

The Printing Process

To print something, ink was spread over a wooden block then paper was put on top of that.

These wooden blocks were called type blocks.

Around A.D. 1000, a printer named Pi Sheng created a movable type block.

Printing lead to the creation of paper currency. Paper currency was invented in 1024 to assist merchants.


-Buddhism spread to Japan in the late first century.

-The Japanese prince Shotoku wanted to create a strong empire like China. He sent officials and students there to study.

-After Shotoku died, officials continued to make Japan's government look like China's.

-In the 8th century, Japan established a good relationship with China.

-Because the Japanese wanted shotguns from China, they were nice to them in the 12th century.

By Katie Chin