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27 07, 2017

Early Japanese religion

By |2019-10-13T09:32:30-07:00July 27th, 2017|Japan, Religion|0 Comments

Early Japanese religion: Ujigami Shinto Shrine (Japan, 1300s AD) Where did the Shinto faith come from? The earliest people in Japan probably brought with them ancient religious ideas from Africa. They used red ochre to bury dead people, for example. By the time Japanese writers wrote books describing their religion in the 700s [...]

27 07, 2017

Early Japanese Literature

By |2019-10-12T13:07:33-07:00July 27th, 2017|Japan, Literature|0 Comments

Early Japanese literature: A copy of the Kojiki from the 1300s AD Printing and paper in Japan Just after 700 AD, the Japanese Empress Genmei ordered her staff to write and publish Japan's first history book, the Kojiki, and the first geography and botany book, the Fudoki. The recent invention of wood-block printing meant that people were publishing and reading [...]