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geographical isolation a population divided or separated by physical barriers
cultural diffusion the spread of cultural elements from one society to another
feudalism an economic and political system that developed in the middle ages
Lord-Vassal system a system of hierarchy where a king provides protection to his vassals in return for their loyalty
figurehead a nominal leader without real power
daimyo a Japanese local lord in the era of the samurai
samurai a Japanese warrior
shogun head of Japanese military government in the era of the samurai
Bushido Code a code of conduct that governed the samurai's life
Shinto a Japanese religion that combines the worship of ancestors with spirits called kami
Zen Buddhism a Japanese form of Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition
pagoda a tower shaped structure with several stories and roofs
calligraphy decorative handwriting
origami the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes or figures
haiku a major form of Japanese verse (poetry)
archipelago a sea or stretch of water containing many islands
Created by: calcutts