Development of Ancient Japan Essay

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Jake Shelton – Ancient Japanese development Modern day Japanese culture has evolved into a thriving electronic era littered through thousands of overpopulated cities and towns that conceal a forgotten culture. A simple and quiet culture that thrived in power many centuries ago, a culture driven by discipline that was studied and followed for over ten thousand years. The Yayoi period (400BC – 250 AD), although the Japanese civilization began hundreds of years before this, was the beginning of a long and thriving era for the Japanese as it marked the end of their ‘stone age’. Droughts throughout China, Mongolia and Korea forced immigrants to search for land, many settling in Japan along with the Ainu people (indigenous Japanese) that were heading south to escape the flooding mountains. These groups, all bringing along certain aspects of their culture, were the beginning of a civilized Japanese population. The introduction of an efficient agriculture system and advanced tools such as swords, spears, arrowheads, knifes and axes became essential survival necessities for the next 1000 years in Japan. Irrigation channels have been found with built-in dams and drainage systems. The introduction of rice cultivation and fishing became a Country wide tradition for food. This period was the stepping stone for development in one of the most influential and unique ancient cultures in the whole world. Further advancements saw the beginning of a heavily advanced militaristic approach to the next few hundred years as, clans and many groups joined as they began to settle in to specific areas no longer travel to find suitable land in an era known as the Yamato-Kofun period. Villages and towns now sprouted from Japans soil as it becomes a truly developed country. Shortly after this Japan established its first unified state which was known as the yamato court as individual power

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