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Ohlson Japan Vocab

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cultural diffusion Medieval Japan traded ideas and other things with China, India, and Korea. This caused cultural diffusion in Medival Japan.
Religion The Japanese religion was originally Shinto, but they discovered Buddhism from China and Korea and mixed the two religions together.
Government The Japanese used confucian ideas and created a set of ranks for government officials. The Seventeen Article Constitution was created and said the emperor had all the power.
System of Writing The Japanese used chinese letters at first because their language could only be spoken. They later used these symbols to create their own form of writing, Kana.
Art and Architecture Japanese architecture and art was influenced by ideas from India that came by way of China and Korea.
Social Structure Medieval Japan's solcial structure was influenced by China introducing the idea of an emperor as the highest power. This then made the goverment officials second most powerful, and so on.
Technology Japan's technology was influence the most by China because they passed on many things that would never have gotten there from the mainland.
Prince Shotoku A young man who came to power in 593 and started encouraging contact with the mainland.
Literature The literature was influenced by Chinese forms of poetry and the Japanese made their own type of poetry called tanka.
Music The music was influenced by Chinese music. An example is the Chinese instrument called the sheng, which the Japanese altered to become the sho.
Buddism This religion wqs where followers worshiped the Buddha and tried to reach Nirvana. It spread to Japan from India, by way of China and Korea.
Sculpture Most of Japan's sculpture was based on religious things. For example, there were lots of statues of the Buddha.
Shinto The original Japanese religion. It was where followers worshiped their ancestors and nature spirits and had a belief in kami, a sacred power.
China They had the biggest impact in the cultural diffusion of Japan.
India They gave Japan the religion of Buddhism, which affected them greatly.
Korea Most ideas passed through Korea on their way to Japan from China and India.
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