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Early Japanese religion

By |2018-04-18T09:53:58+00:00July 27th, 2017|Japan, Religion|

Ujigami Shinto Shrine (Japan, 1300s AD) 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 AD (the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki), these early ideas had developed into Shintoism. [...]

Early Japanese Literature

By |2018-04-23T15:32:41+00:00July 27th, 2017|Japan, Literature|

A copy of the Kojiki from the 1300s AD 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 a lot of books in nearby China, and Genmei [...]