Early Japan

Early Japan

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  • Geography in Japan consists of several of thousands of islands. The sea of Japan separates the Asian continent from the Japanese archipelago.
  • Only about 11% of the whole area could be farmed. The mountains are volcanic in origin. The area is also prone to earthquakes, which was harmful to people due to structures.
  • The Japanese wanted to resist invasions from China. Prince Shotoku wanted a centralized system of government, so he sent representatives to China to see how theirs was.
  • Political power fell into the hands of the Fujiwara Clan. The government steadily lost power and influence since they could not keep taxes from lands.
  • Soldiers were called samuri, and they followed a strict warrior code called Bushido. Their leader was called a shogun.
  • The Fujiwara clan influenced Japan. They held most power in Japan.
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