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The Emergence of Japan. Geography of Japan. Japan is located on an archipelago, which is a chain of islands. Its four main islands are: Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. It is located on the ring of fire and is subject to tsunamis. Early Traditions.

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geography of japan
Geography of Japan
  • Japan is located on an archipelago, which is a chain of islands.
  • Its four main islands are: Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku.
  • It is located on the ring of fire and is subject to tsunamis.
early traditions
Early Traditions
  • In early Japanese times, people lived in ujis, or clans. Around 500 A.D., the Yamato clan dominated much of the Honshu island.
  • They set up Japan’s first and only dynasty.
shintoism
Shintoism
  • This is a religion that was formed in Japan.
  • It is basically the worship of forces of nature. It isn’t a huge religion, but is still around today.
japan and korea
Japan and Korea
  • Because Japan is so close to Korea, their cultures and languages seem very similar.
  • The Koreans even introduced the Japanese to Buddhism.
  • This caused Japan to become more interested in China.
japan looks to china
Japan Looks to China
  • Japan began trading and studying with the Chinese, which caused them to change things in the Japanese government.
  • Over time, the Japanese excitement for China died down.
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Kana
  • In Japan, they developed their own language.
  • They developed kana, or phonetic symbols representing syllables.
  • It looks similar to Korea or Chinese, but is distinctly different.
the heian period
The Heian Period
  • This was when the blending of Chinese and Japanese cultures really took place. Everyone dressed elegantly and went to court.
  • Lady Murasaki was one of the most popular writers. She wrote The Tale of Genji.