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Title: Geography and how it affects Japan

Geography and how itaffects Japan
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Geography of Japan
  • Japan has been influenced by several geographic
  • Islands (Archipelago)
  • Mountains
  • Ring of Fire
  • Proximity to China and Korea
  • Lack of natural resources for industrialization

Japan is an archipelago
  • An archipelago is a chain of islands, which is
    made up of many islands that are close together.

How does being an island nation affect Japan?
  • 1. Japan was isolated from the rest of Asia
    because of the sea. This allowed Japan to develop
    a unique culture and society.
  • 2. The seas surrounding Japan have provided Japan
    with an important source of food.

Most of Japan is covered in mountains
How do mountains affect Japan?
  • Mountains are not good for farming. As a result
    of this there is a limit to how much available
    farmland there is in Japan.
  • Mountains made it difficult to travel throughout
    Japan. Different regions of Japan were isolated
    from each other because of the mountains.
  • The majority of Japans major cities are located
    near the coast.

One way Japan has adapted to the mountains is by
  • Terracing is the process of creating farmland in
    the mountains by carving terraces into the
  • This technique is also used in the Andes
    mountains of South America.

Japan is part of the ring of fire
  • The ring of fire is a region around the pacific
    ocean that has heavy volcanic activity and
    frequents earthquakes.

Geography makes life in Japan dangerous
  • Japan experiences frequent earthquakes that vary
    from very weak to very strong
  • In the summer Japan experiences very strong and
    dangerous storms called Tai Funs. These storms
    create massive amounts of rain and winds capable
    of destroying buildings
  • Tsunamis are massive waves that can destroy
    coastal areas. These waves are a frequent threat
    in Japan.

Impact on religion
  • This dramatic and often deadly geography led the
    Japanese to develop a great respect for nature.
  • This respect can be seen in their belief system,
  • Japanese belief system that worships spirits
    found in all living and non-living things.

Geography and Cultural Diffusion
  • Japan is located near China and Korea.

Geography and Cultural Diffusion
  • Its location near these countries has caused
    cultural diffusion to occur.
  • Japanese culture is a unique blend of its own
    original traditions and ideas borrowed from China
    and Korea.
  • Korea is often referred to as a bridge between
    China and Japan.

Geography and Imperialism
  • Japan is an island nation with few natural
    resources needed for industrial factories.
  • In order to get the resources they needed, Japan
    practiced a policy of IMPERIALISM.

Geography and Imperialism
  • Imperialism is when one country takes over or
    controls another for social, political, or
    economic reasons.
  • Japan basically took control of other countries
    to access their resources.

  • Japan is an island nation heavily influenced by
  • The major geographic features that have
    influenced Japan are
  • The sea
  • Mountains
  • Volcanoes
  • Geographic location near China and Korea
  • Natural resources
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