Japan - Jane Murchison Geography 120 Japan Limits of Physical Geography Island state Very important in the attitude of countries(i.e UK Sense of

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Jane Murchison November 28, 2006 Geography 120 Japan Limits of Physical Geography Island state - Very important in the attitude of countries (i.e. UK) - Sense of advantages of isolation - Population 4X that of California which is its equal in size o Same location between FL and Maine - Highest physiographic density in the world (what is useable land) o Effects trade, government policies, etc… 4 main islands - Honshu: where most of industry located - Hokkaido: relatively recently in terms of settlement history, cold, - Shikoku: - Kyushu: Seto Inland Sea; between Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido The Ring of Fire –again - Mountainous- great amount o Only 15% non-mountainous - runs along virtually all north and south - rain shadow: warm condition o southeast protected from a lot of that o benefactor of a lot of storms: southeast Climate - East side of a big continent much of it is cold and snowy o From cold coming across Asia and picking up moisture over sea of Japan - mid-high latitude country in many ways Impact of Japanese culture and attitude on the development of the J. state Located in major lowlands, with warmer climate Major Urban Regions - Kanto Plain/Tokyo - Nobi Plain - Kansai District/Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe (?) - Sapporo Without canals, hardest to reach - Relative isolation played a role Japanese History Early system - shared characteristics with China and Korea - essentially rice oriented agricultural economy
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- hereditary and bottom heavy system Shogunate - King, feudal lords, warriors (there to protect the system) - Shoguns = lords - Europeans come, cultural arrival, change in character of Japan
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Japan - Jane Murchison Geography 120 Japan Limits of Physical Geography Island state Very important in the attitude of countries(i.e UK Sense of

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