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Transcript of Ancient Japan
Customs & Culture
Charts & maps
Charts & Maps
Customs & Culture
300BC- 838 AD
10,000 BC Paleolithic known as the Jomon Era.
-300 BC: The Yayoi period inventing new technologies and skills, man obtained from China
-0 AD:Shintoism becomes the national religion
-250-260: Founding of the Great Shrine of Ise
-500: Japan adopts the Chinese alphabet
-552: Introduction of Buddhism into Japan
-645: Kotoku became the emperor of Japan
-749: Shomu's daughter Koken, becomes empress
-794: The Heian era- the Capital of Japan moved to Heian-kyo
-The Japanese emperor forbids contacts with China
-1100's: The Taira and the Minamoto fought for control of Japan
-1180's: The Minamoto clan obtained controlled of the country , 1181: Great Famine kills hundreds of thousands of people
-1192: Yoritomo was given the title Shogun and led the government which became known as a Shogunate.
-1274: Kublai Khan and the Mongols try to invade Japan but are repelled by "Kamikaze"
-1330: the Ashikaga clan seized power
-1467: Vivil war erupts in Japan which is split among feudal lords
-1549: A Portuguese missionary, Saint Francis Xavier, arrived in Japan. The Portuguese were the most successful europeans in initiating major trade agreements with the Japanese
-1603: Tokugawa leyasu was given the title of Shogun by the emperor. This title was held by the dynasty for 265 years.
-1614:Ieyasu bans Christianity from Japan
-1630's: The Japanese broke ties with all foreigners for the next two hundred years
-1707: Mount Fuji erupts
This shows how the population has grown in Japan
The Japanese invented pottery. They also invented a bunch of different weapons such as Bows, spears, swords, the Yum i, Yari, Naginata, Nodachi, Kudachi, Wakizashi, Tanto/Aikuchi, and the Katana. The Katana is the most well known weapon of the Japanese. The Japanese law prohibited people to use or have the Katana.
The Japanese got there writing from the Chinese in the 5th century. It started to get awkward having the same language and writing so the solution was to keep the chinese characters but use japanese grammar.
Ancient Japans buildings were made out of Wood, tile or thatched roofs, and had sliding doors built into the walls. The Japanese sat on the floor or cushions.High Tables and chairs weren't introduced until the 19th century.
Addressing Someone: Bowing shows respect. Children are taught this from the moment they enter school.
Table Manners: when with a dinner party wait to drink until the host makes a toast. Take a small wet cloth and wash your hands before eating. You want to slurp and make loud noises because it shows you enjoy it.
No Tipping: There is no tipping anywhere in Japan because it is an insult.
Chopsticks: Most times you will be asked to use chopsticks. It is highly recommended to learn how to use chopsticks.
Thresholds: Take your shoes off at the entrance of all homes, most businesses and hotels.
Safety: All Japanese are extra cautious. The fear of crime is high in japan. That is why the crime is low there.
This is a japanese Calender showing your symbol which corrasponds with your the month day and year you were born.
This is Japan
This is a closer image of
Other Japanese Weapons
Pottery from Ancient Japan
This is the Vessel from the Jomon Period, 3000-2000 BC.
This is the Keko(Flower basket) its from the Heian Period, 12th Century
This is the Jar, Azuchi from the Momoyama period, 16th Century
This is the Sujikabuto Style Helmet from the Edo Period, 18th century.
This is the evocative silhouette building in the two capitals of Japan, Kyoto and Nara . It is also one of the most famous from Ancient Japan.