Japan #1 - Most western eastern state Recognize Kimono Bonzai trees caligraphy samurais sumo wrestlers ninjas karate sushi sake manga anime pokemon

Japan #1 - Most western eastern state Recognize Kimono...

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- Most western eastern state - Recognize Kimono, Bonzai trees, caligraphy, samurais, sumo wrestlers, ninjas, karate, sushi, sake, manga, anime, pokemon, godzilla, karaoke - Half the US drives a Japanese car - Lots of tech companies come from Japan - Has very similar traits to western countries - Japan is an island nation, British refer to it as the “far east” - Japan is the land of the rising sun, which is where the Japanese flag comes from - They are one of the first to see the sunrise - 4 main islands: Hokiado, Honshu (biggest), Shikoku, Kyushu, further south is the Ryukyu islands, further north the Kuril islands (which is being disputed between Russia and Japan) - Okinawa is very significant to the US because of its location - Japan is not exactly Asia, kinda like the UK - Total area of Japan is about that of California - 127 million people live in Japan - Japan has an eastern climate, progressing north means colder weather and progressing south means hotter weather - Typhoons instead of hurricanes (they mean the same thing) - Japan is extremely mountainous 70-75% mountains - Mount Fuji 12,000 feet above sea level - Japan mountainous because of plate tectonics (Philippine plate and Pacific plate smash into the Eurasian plate) - Japan created from the volcanoes in the ring of fire - Lots of hot springs in japan, but all of this tectonic activity result in many earthquakes - The next major earthquake to hit Japan will greatly affect the global economy - They have pretty much no natural resources, have to import everything - The large mountain/forest coverage means that the cities are very densely populated - Have some of the highest yield agricultural (like rice) - Eat a lot of seafood because of their geography - Rice + seafood = sushi - Japan is extremely dependent on trade - They are culturally distinct from the rest of Asia Okay, let's talk about some early developmental history of this region/state of Japan. I entitle this little section Laggards to Loners". Laggards to loners. What? Lagging behind to being loners, isolationists. How could that be? Japan? We think of Japan in today's world as the second largest economy on planet Earth, as a leader of technology, and economy, and life expectancy, and living standards and therefore, we hypothesize, they're number one now as an Asian power, so they must have always been number one
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and they're just carrying that forward. That's a perfectly logical hypothesis which is completely and utterly wrong because the Japanese culture is actually the late bloomer, the laggard of Asian civilizations. What do I mean by that? Well the Chinese may have been around for four or five thousand years. The Koreans, three or four thousand. The Indians four, or five, or six thousand. Even the Thais and the Vietnamese for thousands of years. Japan really starts as a group of people from Central Asia, in Mongolia.
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