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  • The volcanic soil was very fertile, which helped farming but the land was prone to earthquakes.  
  • Japan consists of a mountainous chain of island called a mountainous archipelago. 
  • What parts of this geography helped or hurt the people here?
  • What is the geography of Japan? What is it called?
  • In the early seventh century, Shotoku Taishi began to create a centralized government based roughly on the Chinese model.  This was to try and unify the various clans to they could resist Chinese invasion. Successors of Shotoku also continued to make reforms based on Chinese models.  
  • What is the relationship between China and Japan?
  •  During the Nara Period the government supported Buddhism and a succession of large temples were built at important parts of the capital to protect the emperor and the state. Power also fell into the hands of the Fujiwara clan.  The central government was unable to gain tax revenues and steadily lost power and influence.
  • What is the importance of the Nara Period?
  • Heian Period Japan is known as the Golden Age of Japanese history because of the major import and further development of Chinese ideas in art, architecture, literature, and ritual that occurred at this time and led to a new and ultimately unique Japanese culture.  
  • Samurai also emerged to protect the security and property of their employers.  They were supposed to live by a strict warrior code, known as Bushido (“the way of the warrior”)
  • What came about in Japan during the Heian Period?
  • What type of government was used in the Kamakura Shogunate?
  • The type of government used in the Kamakura Shogunate was a Japanese Feudal military Government.
  • A person who played a major role in the Japanese society was Shotoku Taishi.  He influenced much of the government and later reforms.
  • Who played a major role in Japanese society?
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