Japan Nippon: Land of the Rising Sun Mrs. White
Geography • Archipelago- with over 3000 islands. • 4 main islands: Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu & Shikoku • 9 regions & 47 prefectures • Only 20% of the land is suitable for farming.
January 2010 Misawa gets about 12 feet of snow yearly. Low temperatures: Nov- March Mild temperatures: April-June Hot/humid: July-October
Exports & Imports -Biggest export: cars & electronics -Import: food, oil, & wood -Resources: zinc, copper, & coal, -Rice farmers use trench farming -My prefecture’s main export: Apples!
JAPANESE CULTURE Value teamwork & unity Family/tradition comes first Anti-confrontational They ALL recycle! Very financially responsible Respect for elders
RELIGION: Main religions are Buddhism and Shinto. Shinto: Ancient religion based on ancestral worship, 2 deities, & animism Buddhism: 18 deities, follow Eightfold Path
Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) ❀ *Hamani- Cherry Blossom Viewings *Symbol of life, death, and rebirth. *Animism- part of Shinto belief; idea that ALL living things have a spirit
Hirosaki Castle- built in 1611 by the Tsugaru Clan. Protection: moat, walls, and fences
Education • Learn to write Japanese characters. • Attend school Monday-Friday & some Saturdays. • Wear Uniforms & a strict schedule • More academically competitive than other countries • 198 days of school- 6 weeks of summer break Below is the “juku” school where I taught English.
Restrooms- Western-style on the left & the traditional Japanese toilet on the right
Bullet Train- The Shinkansen -Travels approx. 122 MPH -Each train carries over 1500 people. -Trains are never LATE.
Earthquakes/Tsunamis Average of 1500 quakes yearly. Occur often because Japan is located on the Ring of Fire
9.0 quake- caused flooding, landslides, fires, infrastructure damage, & nuclear incidents. Shifted the main island of Japan eight feet. Largest recorded quake in Japanese history & 7th biggest quake ever in the world. Tsunami waves that followed: 6-23 feet http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8375389/Massive-tsunami-hits-Japan-after-earthquake.html Tohoku Earthquake- 3/11/11 Over 15,000 deadOver 6,000 injuredOver 3,000 missing (probably dead)
Our home in Misawa was 190 miles away from epicenter of quake. After the initial quake: 31 earthquakes > 6.0 in 3 days. On 4/7- a 7.1 earthquake hit in almost the same spot. http://www.japanquakemap.com/
Resilient people- emotionally prepared for quake damage. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/8377303/Waiting-for-disaster-is-a-way-of-life-in-Japan.html