Japan and The Jomon Culture

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From the animated mega city of Tokyo, to the serene zen gardens with rustic ponds home to the koi fish, Japan has a unique past, present, and future. The alcove ornament samurai houses called, shoin-zukuri are a symbol of the struggling past that Japan escaped. These samurai houses were training centers long ago of judo, sumo, and other martial arts. Lush trees envelope houses, and the religion Shintoism was developed back in 500 A.D. Paintings and drawings capture the grace and beauty the landscape portrays. The Japanese dragons reveal the legends held within themselves, many are associated with rainfall and the ability to reach peace. Seeking farther inland you witness the largest city in the world, Tokyo. Cars, buses, subway systems, taxis, and bicycles are buzzing through every street, going to and from work, quickly advancing technology.
Stepping a foot more than 30,000 years ago, the Jomon, a culture that centralized around hunting and gathering. The Jomon culture is mostly known for its pottery, which is currently the most dated pottery ever found on Earth. The Yaoyoi period followed, the inhabitants known as Wa, a tribal domain located in the areas of Honshu and Kyushu. During this era there were new technological and agricultural elements, such as livestock, wet-rice agriculture, and iron. The Tomb period followed, as huge mounds in the familiar shape of a key hole were developed, burying the rulers and holy individuals within these mounds. It would not be long and the Imperial Chinese model influenced Japan, and the social norms of samurais began. Samurai warriors used battle tactics on horseback and sword fighting to successfully ward off the attempts from the Mongols; this was the Kamakura period. It was during the A...

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