Japan is a long and vast string of islands lying off the
east coast of Asia. These islands incorporate a northeast-southwest arc that
elongate 1,500 miles (2,400km) located in the north-western Pacific Ocean.
Mainly the whole island is separated into four main islands that comprise the
main island.These islands from north to south are Hokkaido,Honshu,Shikoku, and
Kyushu, there are also  smaller islands
that comprise the island of japan. These islands are known as the Ryukyu
(Nansei) Islands.

 

The islands from south to west are Okinawa,Izu, and Bonin.
Japan was discovered back in 600B.C.,archaeologists
studies believe that the settlement of Japan dates back as far as 100,000
years. The
national capital of Japan is Tokyo which is an national and famous tourist site
in which is ,mainly known all around the world. Tokyo is located in the
east-central part of the Honshu island. Tokyo is one of the largest cities in
Japan which holds almost 9 million inhabitants by far in the Greater Tokyo
region.

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 Japan’s population is
around 127 million people according to research conducted back in 2016. In
retrospect the number of residents living in Tokyo far exceeds the total
population in all of the three largest cities combined together. The three
largest cities in Japan are Yohokama ,Osaka and

 

Nagoya. The Island of Japan primarily speaks Japanese as a
daily means of communication. Japanese is one of the many major speaking
languages known around the world which is estimated to have over 127 million
speakers who speak japanese fluently. Japan is solely and mainly known for its
spectacular and marvelous festivals especially around the seasons (
summer,winter,fall,spring). One of the major festivals in Japan is known as
Gion Matsuri. Gion Matsuri also known as Yasaka Shrine is a summer festival
that takes place throughout the whole month of July. There are many things that
happen during this month but only one thing that really amazes people and
lights up the festival, which is the procession of floats (Yamaboko Floats) on July
17.

 

 The main word
(Yamaboko) refers to two main types of floats used during the procession.
They’re 23 yama and 10 hoko floats used during the festival each which are
unique in their own way. The reason why Gion Matsuri is so spectacular is
because of its hoko,which are up to 25 meters tall and weigh up to 12 tons
while rolling on wheels. Another reason why this festival is so enormous is
because of its beautifully decorated and unique themes. The procession begins
on July 17 and many of the floats start decreasing towards July 24 with only
ten Yama and hoko floats remains.

 

 This ceremony is
impressive due to it consistency over the years since 869B.C. This religious
ceremony is did in honor to please the gods during the epidemic back in
869B.C., this festival

 

chooses a local boy to be a divine messenger from the gods,
this boy can not set foot on the festival grounds from July 13 until the parade
through town on July 17. In Japan ethnic groups are not diverse at all with
people people practicing Buddhism ,Christianity, or Shintoism. Buddhism and
Shintoism are the two major religions located on the island of japan. Buddhism
is mainly 40.5% of the population in Japan, while Shintoism is practiced by
54.1% of the population in Japan.Christianity is one of the scarce religions
practiced in Japan with only 0.7% practicing it in there daily lives. Buddhism
is a major religion practiced around the country of Asia. This religion is
mainly practiced as a “way of life”. The founder of Buddhism is Siddhartha Gotama
known as the original Buddha (The awakened one). Shintoism is a Japanese
religion which practices on Kami( Landscapes and Nature ). This religion is
mainly focused on worshiping nature and landscapes. Shinto means (“the way of
the gods”) this religious is very indigenous to the primary japanese culture.

 

Despite Japan being a very small nation it has had plenty of
ups and downs throughout its decades being one of the worlds biggest tourist
attractions. One of the very first wars was the Sino-Empire war which was
fought only between the Qing Empire and the Empire of Japan. This far was
fought over the island of Korea and who would obtain it. The war lasted from
(July 25 ,1894 – April 17,1985). After 6 months of nonstop warfare between the
two nations the Qing Empire gave up do to it losing the port of Weihaiwei.
Japan won the Sino-Empire war and gained control over Korea.

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