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.