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  1. JapanThe land of the rising sun Open your notebook on page 66 and start taking Cornell notes

  2. Geography of Japan • More than 3,000 islands • Four major islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu • Very little farming land • Frequent earthquakes

  3. Japan, the land of the rising sun pg.66 Geography of Japan • The 4 major islands of Japan are: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu • Little farmland • Earthquakes

  4. Japan’s culture is based on Influence of Geography • Isolated islands • Mountain landscape • Sea as a resource Influence of China • Buddhism • Writing style • Arts and crafts • Government

  5. Japanese mythology (Creation of Japan) • Izanagi & Izanami : two gods (male and female who created the islands of Japan • Amaterasu: The sun goddess, who gave life to everything • Storm god: The brother of Amaterasu; fought for power with his sister and destroyed everything • Niningi: The grandson of Amaterasu; conquered the storm god and restored the power of sun • The Jewel, the mirror, and the sword: 3 divine objects from the legend that represent the emperor’s power from heaven

  6. Religions of Japan • Shinto – based on respect for nature “ way of the gods” • Various forms of Buddhism: • Zen Buddhism ( favorite religion of Samurai ) • Tendai Buddhism ( focused on intensive study of texts) • Amida Buddhism ( belief that people will find salvation in a pure land after death)

  7. Social classes of Japan

  8. Golden Age of Medieval Japan • World’s first novel written by Lady MurasakiShikibu “ The Tale of Genji” • Kabuki theater and Noh Drama- Use of elaborate costumes based on folktales • Haiku poems- 5-7-5 syllables short poems capturing a moment in nature • Calligraphy & painting • Ikebana- flower arrangement • Origami- art of folding paper