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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. [...]

Taika period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:56+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan, Where|

Court attendants (Takamatsuzuka Tomb, ca. 600s AD) Now that Japan had declared independence from China, Empress Suiko and her successors built a new government for Japan. They wanted Japan's government to be just as good as China's government. Empress Suiko ruled for 35 years before she died in 628 AD. Prince Shotoku had already died six years [...]

Edo period Japan – Japanese history

By |2018-04-23T15:31:18+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Oda Nobunaga (1500s, painted by Kanō Motohide) At the end of the Muromachi period, Japan was very rich, but divided into small city-states. In the late 1500s, the daimyo Oda Nobunaga gradually re-unified Japan. He bought guns from European traders and used the guns as patterns to make lots more guns. Oda Nobunaga also promoted Christianity to get [...]

Empress Wu – T’ang Dynasty China – History

By |2018-09-10T15:18:00+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Wu of the T'ang Dynasty Who was Wu Chao? Wu Chao was one of T'ai Tsung's girlfriends. After he died, she became his son's girlfriend too! The son's name was Gaozong. Find out more about T'ai Tsung Wu Chao becomes Empress Wu Once she got Gaozong to really love her, Wu Chao [...]

Sui Dynasty China – China attacks Korea

By |2018-10-16T06:22:00+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Sui Dynasty: The Grand Canal in China Wendi starts the Sui Dynasty In 581 AD, a general named Wendi from northwest China succeeded in conquering the other two kingdoms. He established a new dynasty in China, with emperors who ruled all of China like the Ch'in and the Han. This was the Sui Dynasty. [...]

Han Dynasty China History – Western Han China

By |2018-11-13T07:20:05+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History, Where|

Han Dynasty dancer (a clay figurine). Her long sleeves are part of the dance, and also show that she doesn't have to do any practical work. Gaozu starts the Han Dynasty When Gaozu (who was also called Liu Pang) started the Han Dynasty in 202 BC, he didn't really change that much from the [...]