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Yayoi – Iron Age Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:57+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Yayoi pottery, ca. 100-200 AD By about 800 BC, most people in Japan were shifting from Stone Age hunting and gathering to farming rice for most of their food (but they were still also eating a lot of fish). People in Japan started raising pigs at this time, too, brought over from China. Like farmers everywhere, people in Japan started to fight over land, and [...]

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 [...]