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  • Japan was made up of lots of islands. very mountainous. plentiful rainfall, sunny days. many rivers as well.  
  • Here is what our country looks like. Despite our mountainous area we still grow a great deal of food.  
  • yes. I will tell you about a very big typhoon shortly...
  • Wow that's cool! but earthquakes, tidal waves, and typhoons also happen right?
  • ...we had invasions by the Mongols that were unsuccessful.  later they had a fleet with 140,000 trying to invade us.. A powerful typhoon wrecked the fleet and we now call this "Kamikaze" or "divine wind"
  • you see that tree over there? Kami lives in there, you need to be respectful. 
  • Who is "kami" and why is it important anyways?
  • that is our religion...we practice Shinto which is "the way of the Kami" They are gods or nature spirits and we trace origins to a particular Kami. 
  • We were the Yamato Clan. We were such an imperial family and probably the only one!
  • at first the emperor's advisers disliked the new religion, but eventually many Japanese people became Buddhist
  • Most Japanese believed in both religions and were both important to daily life. 
  • China was a heavy influencer of Japan but when Japan established a capital they started to turn away from Chinese influence. Japan became more independent. 
  • China 
  • Welcome to the capital Heian-Kyo  
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