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What are the four main islands of Japan?
Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
About how far is Japan from the Korean peninsula?
About how far is Japan from China?
Japan is comprised of about 85 % of what?
Mountainous area -- to rugged to effectively grow crops
the earliest known Neolithic inhabitants of Japan, named for the cord pattern of their pottery
the code of honor and morals developed by the Japanese samurai.
Japanese Civil War
A war broke out between those who wanted to restore the shogunate and those who favored the emperor; emperor wins and samurai disbanded
an outcast group at the bottom of the Japanese social order that has historically been the victim of severe discrimination and ostracism
A Japanese religion whose followers believe that all things in the natural world are filled with divine spirits
"Divine Wind" -- a typhoon that protected Japan from the Mongols
an ornamental tree or shrub grown in a pot and artificially prevented from reaching its normal size
The Tale of Genji
Written by Lady Murasaki; first novel in any language; relates life history of prominent and amorous son of the Japanese emperor; evidence for mannered style of Japanese society.
The Japanese style of floral arrangements characterized by their linear forms.
an elaborate Japanese ritual of serving and drinking tea, as an expression of Zen Buddhist philosophy.
a classic form of Japanese drama involving heroic themes, a chorus, and dance
a wandering samurai who had no lord or master
Japanese fencing with bamboo swords
a traditional Japanese system of physical training and unarmed combat
Story about 47 Ronin who go to kill the person who practically killed their master. After being caught after killing their target, they are allowed to commit seppuku honorably, instead of being killed disgracefully.
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