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Japan's Culture

Regent One who rules in the name of another
Prince Shotoku A prince that admired Chinese and Korean culture and encouraged contact with the mainland
Imperial Belonging or related to an emperor
Uji Semi-independent clans
Aristocracy A ruling class of noble families
Meditation A spiritual discipline that involves deep relaxation and an emptying of distracting thoughts from the mind
Buddhism A path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality
Shinto Japan's original religion
Pagoda A tower-shaped structure with several stories and roofs
Gagaku A form of Chinese court music
Kanji Using Chinese writing to write Japanese words
Kana Using simplyfied Chinese characters to stand for syllables in Japanese words
Tanka A form of Japanese poetry
Kami Spirits that the followers of Shinto worship
Bodhisattvas Buddhas who can enter nirvana but choose instead to help others reach enlightenment
syllables a unit of sound in a word; for example, unit has two syllables, "u" and "nit"
Stupas Shrines with roofs shaped like bells or upside-down bowls.
Created by: amoore25



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