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1Geography and how it affects Japan Use the information in this power point to complete the handout. Click on view and select slide show to view this show
2Geography of JapanJapan has been influenced by several geographic factors:Islands (Archipelago)MountainsRing of FireProximity to China and KoreaLack of natural resources for industrialization
3Japan is an archipelago An archipelago is a chain of islands, which is made up of many islands that are close together.
4How does being an island nation affect Japan? 1. Japan was isolated from the rest of Asia because of the sea. This allowed Japan to develop a unique culture and society.2. The seas surrounding Japan have provided Japan with an important source of food.
6How do mountains affect Japan? Mountains are not good for farming. As a result of this there is a limit to how much available farmland there is in Japan.Mountains made it difficult to travel throughout Japan. Different regions of Japan were isolated from each other because of the mountains.The majority of Japans major cities are located near the coast.
7One way Japan has adapted to the mountains is by terracing Terracing is the process of creating farmland in the mountains by carving terraces into the mountainside.This technique is also used in the Andes mountains of South America.
8Japan is part of the ring of fire The ring of fire is a region around the pacific ocean that has heavy volcanic activity and frequents earthquakes.
9Geography makes life in Japan dangerous Japan experiences frequent earthquakes that vary from very weak to very strongIn the summer Japan experiences very strong and dangerous storms called Tai Funs. These storms create massive amounts of rain and winds capable of destroying buildingsTsunamis are massive waves that can destroy coastal areas. These waves are a frequent threat in Japan.
10Impact on religionThis dramatic and often deadly geography led the Japanese to develop a great respect for nature.This respect can be seen in their belief system, Shinto.Japanese belief system that worships spirits found in all living and non-living things.
11Geography and Cultural Diffusion Japan is located near China and Korea.
12Geography and Cultural Diffusion Its location near these countries has caused cultural diffusion to occur.Japanese culture is a unique blend of its own original traditions and ideas borrowed from China and Korea.Korea is often referred to as a “bridge” between China and Japan.
13Geography and Imperialism Japan is an island nation with few natural resources needed for industrial factories.In order to get the resources they needed, Japan practiced a policy of IMPERIALISM.
14Geography and Imperialism Imperialism is when one country takes over or controls another for social, political, or economic reasons.Japan basically took control of other countries to access their resources.
15Summary Japan is an island nation heavily influenced by geography. The major geographic features that have influenced Japan are:The seaMountainsVolcanoesGeographic location near China and KoreaNatural resources