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Chain of Islands

Cultural isolationism

Culture that is separated from other cultures

Cultural diffusion

Spreading of ideas from one culture to another


Every living and non-living thing has a spirit


Divine spirits that live in nature

Zen Buddhism

A branch of Buddhism that stresses peace, simplicity, and nature


Chinese philosophy that spread to Japan from China


Land in exchange for protection. The political system used in early Japan


Japanese Warrior; protected lords in exchange for land


Code of behavior for the Samurai


Military commander who held the MOST power in feudal Japan


Received land from Shogun in exchange to protect the Shogun

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