The Yamato Clan

One of the most revered kami in Japan was Amaterasu, the sun goddess. According to legend, Japans first emperor was the grandson of the sun goddess. This emperor belonged to the Yamato Clan, which claimed the sun goddess as its ancestor. The Yamato Clan lived on the Yamato plain, a rich farming region on the island of Honshu. By 500 AD the clan controlled much of Honshu even though they did not control all of Japan, they refereed to each other as the emperors of Japan.

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