Japan and Thailand only ppl to escape British colonization??
Japs & Koreans very similar – in genes, appearance though not lang/body lang etc –
implies Japs/Koreans recently arrived fr each other(s’ land etc??) – but big puzzle in Jap
history that despite the many similarities, langs are so different?
Has an archipelago; 4 main islands- IMPT TO KNOW- Southernmost? Island: Kushian;
Onshu; Shukoku; N-most island- Hakai
Distance of archipelago ~ ; climate change; Jap has forest area- evergreen leafy in S; N
has deciduous leafy forest like E US; pine trees, spruce, etc like in Washington;
coniferous in ???; walnuts, chestnuts, horse chestnuts, acorns, etc…
Japan is wet- wettest country in temperate zone; rain comes in summer, at hottest time of
year=> great for growing crops; active volcanoes; like Mt Fuji?; =>very fertile volcanic
soils=> very productive agriculturally
80% (?) of land is mountains; only 40 (14%?) is for farming
Most densely populated country in first world
Has still preserved its forest, mountains; ¾ of Jap covered w/forests; when cut down trees
they regrow quickly- no deforestation here; no native grassland/pasture- impt
economically b/c no mammal growth production like pigs??
Can’t afford to dedicate
much area to pastures so their beef is luxury item
On either side of Japan cities? Receive runoff- rich in fish, mollusks, crustaceans,
seaweed; world’s biggest catcher, importer, consumer of fish
Ocean btwn Jap, Korea shallow; in Ice age, these shallow oceans were dry land, so Jap
was part of Asian mainland w/huge lake- modern-day sea of Jap-
World’s biggest salamander, …
Biogeographically: Palearctic region, like Europe; which spreads Ireland
Would think Europe, Jap has similar history- but they don’t really- Britain has been
invaded successfully quite a few times in history, Jap never really has??
Brit has sent
armies to Asian continent many times, Jap only has twice; w/geographical diffs why such
diff histories for them?
Japan 50% bigger in area that Brit- so they’re more of a critical mass; Brit has fewer
ppl, depend more on trade w/Europe than does Jap?
Jap 5X more distant from Eurasia than is Britain & is bigger than Brit- so Jap more
East Asians; look similar to N Chinese, Koreans, Siberians;
Ainu ppl in modern times lived on N-most part of Kaiu????
Have much hair, often
considered Caucasians but genetically are most similar to Japs, Koreans, look like