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Japan's differences in the Edo period and the Meiji period.

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Japan Isolationism in Japan. Homogenous During the Edo period Japan wanted to remain a whole. They did not want their culture to become different or impure. So if you lived in Japan at this time and you left. Even for a second if you touched another country the Japanese would consider you impure and they would not let you return. Geography Also during time period no country had the means of reaching Japan. Even if they did gain the means it would take a long time to reach Japan. Japan also held the upper hand in a war because one they could move faster and two most of the people on the ships would be dead or weak. But they would lose in hand to hand combat because they had samurai. Vocabulary for the whole unit.:
Izanagi- One of the Divine beings that created Japan. Izanagi is male.
Izanami- The other Divine being that helped create Japan. Izanami is female.
Kamikaze- A ferosious storm that helped wipe out the Mongol fleet in a few attacks.
Map Projection- A 3d map that is usually distorted.
Cartographer- Map maker
Isolation- Seperated or blocked from the world.
Archipelago- Consisting of many islands. A chain of islands.
Rituals- Celebrations.
Ainu- Japans Indigenous people.
Kamuy- Dieties like fire, water, wind, thunder and animals.
Shinto- The ancient religion of Japan.
Stoic- To show no emotion.
Tsunami- A large ferocios wave created by underwater volcanos or earthquakes.
Matsuri- Festivals held throughout the year.
Arable- Fertile land.
Monsoon- A wind that brings moisture and this helps the rice grow.
Homogenous- All the same.
Gohan- Cooked rice or a meal.
Assimilation- Taking one culture and make it become a more dominant culture.
Shogun- The military ruler of Japan.
Ronin- Samurai warrior without a master.
Shogunate- The shogun's advissors.
Daimyo- Powerful land owners or nobles.
Hereditary- Determined by birth.
Seppuku- Ritual suicide that takes place of public humiliation.
Outcasts- The Ainu or other people that were not accepted for their ideas, or people with jobs that involved killing like a butcher.
Confucianism- Teachings for moral.
Ethical codes- Right and wrong.
Per Capita- Per head. The immigration count.
Meiji- The period when Japan opened itself to the world.
Edo-The period when Japan was under the influence of isolationism. Imperialism in Japan. Open Japan would now accept better ideas and new ways of doing things. The made more money by making businesses. The Japanese imperial army now consists of fire arms(guns) and soldiers. They would also accept new cultures to visit and return. They gained new ways of transpertation like trains and later they got cars. Transportation Military The Japanese had samurai which would not stand a chance against open arms combat. They also could not fight as much because people would have to be born and grow up in that class because of hereditary. The Japanese had a bad transportation. They used horses, so they could not travel that far because of this and the horses would get tired, also this can be hard to transport goods. Military Transportation Now Japan could defend them selves under the Western influence. With this Western influence Japan gained the guns they used. The guns they used helped them a ton, it helped them with hunting, warfare, police, and discipline. Now the Japanese used trains. Then with trains the Japanese could move faster and farther than before. This can help with moving their armies, transporting goods and food, and overall just getting to know the islands. Effect on the Western influence. Hereditary Military Transportation Now with the Western influence the classes changed and the old traditional ways faded away. The classes changed from being determined by birth to being determined by wealth. Now instead of horses Japan gained trains. With trains they could get to places faster. This is a big step for them because it is very different to be transported. When this happened to them it must have been very strange for them to go around like this. As well as all the benifits stated earlier for goods and their army. The difference for them you may think may not be as big but what if we get flying cars will the difference be small like what you think theirs was. The Japanese Imperial army now has changed by the Western influence. Now instead of slow, close quarters samurai they now gained lightweight guns that can do almost the same amount of damage but in half the time. This really helped with their defence and their police. The Japanese could also take up arms with another country and gain power and reasources. When this first happened as you could see in the movie the Last Samurai the Japanese had now idea how the guns worked or how to aim with them. Although after time the Japanese got a hang of it and now they can defend themselves better. That is how the Western influence affected Japan and the differences between the Edo and the Meiji period. Thank you for your time watching my presentation. Edo Period. Meiji Period. By: Zach Sokolan
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