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Japan

Japan

Golden Pavilion

Home of the Japanese Emperor

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Most reverend hero because he rose to leadership from a peasant beginning

Equivalent to Abe Lincoln

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Shinto

Shinto

Below is a Shinto shrine and it reminds people that all things in the natural world are filled with divine spirits {kami}

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Mt. Fuji Extinct volcano

Mt. Fuji Extinct volcano

Japans highest mountain standing at 12,388 feet or 2.3 miles above sea level.

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Lady Murasaki

Lady Murasaki

Member of the elite Fujiwara clan. She wrote the world’s first novel Tale of Genji. It is about the loves and life of a prince. Women were not allowed to learn to read/write so she learned by being at her brother’s side. What we know about Japanese courting life has come from her writing.

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Hiragana

Hiragana

Each symbol stands for a syllable

Contrast to Chinese characters = word

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Zen

Zen

Sect of Buddhism. Personal enlightenment , rigid physical and spiritual discipline. Many samurai {Japanese warrior who most heroic deed was to die in battle} were Zen.

Zen garden:

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Haiku

Haiku

17 syllables, 3 lines {5,7,5} done in calligraphy, non rhyming

Nature & human emotions are common.

The flap of a bat, drip drip of monsoon waters. Ancient image stares.

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