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         One of the Kami in Japan was Amaterasu, the sun goddess. The Yamato clan lived on the Yamato plain, a rich farming region on the island of Honshu. By the AD 500s the clan controlled much of Honshu. Although they did not control all of Japan, the Yamato chiefs began to call themselves the emperors of Japan.

          One of the people who most helped spread Buddhism in Japan was Prince Shotoku. From 593 to 622 he served the Japanese empress, who was his aunt. The Japanese adopted a law code similar to China’s. Korean traders and travelers brought many foreign influences to Japan. Most of these influences originated in China. Korean scribes introduced Chinese writing to Japan. The early Japanese did not have a written language. Many Japanese usually the rich and well-educated, adopted Chinese writing. Korean monks introduced the religion of Buddhism to Japan as well. Although some Japanese feared the new religion would offend the Kami, Buddhist practices had spread throughout much of Japan by the 800s. Buddhism influenced Japanese art; and Buddhist temples, were built across Japan.

In 794 Japan’s emperor moved the capital to Heian. Many of Japan’s nobles moved to Heian. At the Heian court, Japanese culture flowered.

Japan Adopted many of the Chinese and Korea Achievements and Cultural Idea's.


This is from The Tale of Genji, the women are hidden away inside the carriages.