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What are the five themes of the geography of Japan?

LocationHot summers and cool winters come and go in Japan. It's kind of like where we live. That's because it is in the same area of latitude as the Midwest. It rests to the east of Russia, orth !orea, and "outh !orea. Tok#o is located in the middle of the east coast, at e$actl# %&' (%)' * on the largest island, Honshu. Place/PhysicalThe land of Japan is rugged and mountainous. Most flat areas are built into cities. There are over %,+++ islands owned b# Japan. "mall islands are the peaks of underwater mountains. The# protect the west coast from tsunamis, while the east coast gets hit hard. The climate can var# from tropical in the south, to a cool temperate in the north. This means Japan gets all four seasons like we do. In the fall, we see shades of orange and red from the oak trees. In Japan, cherr# blossoms, sakura, fall, making autumn a ver# beautiful season. The main natural resources in Japan are minerals and fish. Japan is an island, so saltwater fish can be easil# caught. It is also the leading producer of man# different varieties of minerals, cadmium, selenium metal, electrol#tic manganese dio$ide, and titanium sponge metal to name a few. Japan is considered small, a total of %--,.(/ kilometers s0uared1 it's a little smaller then 2alifornia. *ven though it seems small, Japan holds a lot of interesting things among the land. Place/PeopleTr# to think of putting a third of the 3.".'s population into 2alifornia. 4ith a total of (5-,+-),&-. people, some places in Japan can get a little crowded. &/6 of the population lives in large cities like Tok#o, 7saka, !#oto, and ago#a. Japan has more people per s0uare mile than an# other countr# in the entire world. Most of the people in Japan are native to the countr#, but some are !orean, 2hinese, or from other countries. The language the# speak there is, of course, Japanese. Their books are read from back to front. The sentences are either from right to left, or up and down. The characters used are called Kanji. !an8i was originall# from 2hina. Hiragana is used to make up !an8i, and Katakana is used for foreign languages. )96 of the people are "hinto, and -(6 are :uddhist. ;re #ou confused< ; lot of the population belongs to both of the religions. ;nother 56 are 2hristian, and -.)6 are other religions. ;kihito is the emperor of Japan. He runs a parliamentar# government with a constitutional monarch#. ; holida# is set for his birthda# on =ecember 5%. It is called tenno no to jobi. 7f course, this holida# changes with ever# emperor. If there is a huge significance that pertains to the emperor, the# will still celebrate it as well. ; large red disk sitting in the middle of a white rectangle makes up the Japanese flag. It represents the rising sun, and the sun without ra#s. >egends sa# that when earth and the sun were created, Japan was the first land to be touched b# the sun. Japan's econom# is the second largest in the world. It's master# of high technolog# helped it get there. 4ork is valued above man# things, but famil# alwa#s comes first. =efense allocation is comparativel# small, but the# are certainl# not weak.

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What are the five themes of the geography of Japan?


In Japan, almost ever# meal has rice. 7ne t#pe of food is onigiri, rice balls wrapped in seaweed. "ushi also contains rice, but has cooked or raw fish. *ver# meal might have rice, but not ever# food. Tako#aki is octopus, onion, fish and seaweed flakes mi$ed in a batter that is rolled into balls and eaten with sauce. oodles and tofu are common. 7ne thing that is consistent through every meal is tea. *ven though it's not what we are used to, all of these different foods are reall# delicious. 4hen teenagers and children bu# food from a stand on the street, the# tend to walk around and eat at the same time. 4hen adults bu# food from a stand, people consider it rude to walk and eat. ;lso, it is improper to #awn, place #our ankle at #our knee, or blow #our nose in public. Most people will sit with both feet flat on the ground, but sometimes #ou can cross #our ankles or knees. To call someone to #ou, hold #our palm flat out, facing down and wiggle all of #our fingers. If #ou're visiting someone in the hospital, it is not t#pical to bring plotted plants. The# s#mboliCe the person being DrootedD there for a long time. It is also bad luck to bring chr#santhemums or white flowers because it represents death and funerals. If #ou visit someone as a guest, it is polite to bring a gift such as cake, or fruit. The Japanese represent modest# and reserve. Euests will give a moment of hesitation before accepting food, and are offered the most comfortable chair. 4hen people are greeting in Japan, the# bow. 4hile some people might appreciate it when foreigners bow, some people find it rude. It's common for the Japanese people to shake foreigner's hands instead of bow. The students in Japan are under a lot of pressure to do well in school. ;ttending college and having a respectable 8ob is valued. !ids spend a lot of time stud#ing, even though technolog# is one of their favorite past times. "ome even go to school for half the da# on "aturda#s. Juku is an e$tra class taken after the regular school da#. The term sensei is added to the last names of their teachers as a sign of respect. Most schools will eat lunch in their classrooms. Middle and high school students must wear uniforms. There is one for summer and one for winter. ; Japanese famil# is bound b# the sense of responsibilit#, reputation, and obligation. The Japanese societ# is founded on the famil#. 4hat one does reflects on their famil#. 4hile the mother controls the famil# affairs, the father is still the head of the house. ;lthough it is not tradition, elderl# parents with share a house with their child and the child's spouse. Most of the population lives in big, crowded cities. Most people live in tall apartment buildings. The rooms in the house are somewhat small. Beople will take off their shoes before entering the house. From the door to the living space, there is a hallwa# called the genkan. In there, people will place their shoes facing the outdoors, closet, or shelf. "ometimes slippers are worn throughout the house, but will be taken off if there is a room with a tatami mat. This is because the mats are made of straw, and can be torn easil#. "ome rooms will have cushions to sit on at low tables. 4hen it is time to sleep, people will use a Futon. That is a mat that rolls out. =ating usuall# starts at age fifteen. Teenagers usuall# like to go to movies, dance, listen to music, and go shopping. 4estern st#led clothes and music are common with teenagers. 4eddings can be ver# elaborate with three different outfits. The t#pical marriage age is around 5& to 5-. For the ceremon#, kimonos would be worn. Then 4estern attire is worn for photos and socialiCing. For the evening part#, the clothes will change #et again. Eifts and often mone# will be given to the couple from the guests, while the# leave with gifts

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from the couple. 4hen a child looses a tooth, it will get thrown over the roof, or underneath the floorboards. If it's an upper tooth, it will go under the floor because that is the direction the tooth grows, and vise versa for the bottom teeth. Human Environment InteractionGolcanoes lurk within the mountain islands. "ome of them are active, while others are 0uite. There are small earth0uakes that cause tremors, but most of them are ver# mild. The schools will have the students practice earth0uake safet# drills in case of an emergenc#. ;cid rain will fall sometimes which leads to acidification of the lakes. ;s is an# countr#, Japan is having trouble with landfills. The# are creating a solution because spaces for landfills are running out. The# are improving technolog# for plastic rec#cling, making advancements in incineration technolog#, and are getting people to rec#cle solid wastes. 7ne third of Japan's electricit# comes from its nuclear plants. ; new plant was built recentl# in RokkHsho, and there is controvers# about where the underground nuclear waste site will be. "ome local cities claim the# will be conducting an environmental stud# on the site, but man# people disagree. Marches and riots have gone on in protest concerning the nuclear plant. Movement"event# five percent of the people in Japan use the internet. That's about .+..( millionI The phone service is e$cellent within the count# as well as internationall#. Japan is an e$tremel# bus# place1 man# means of transportation are needed. There are (&- airports, 5&,9%/ km of railwa#s, (,5+%,--- km of roadwa#s, (,--+ km of waterwa#s, and ten ports and harbors. :ecause Japan is so bus#, traffic 8ams are common. Most people use public transportation such as trains or buses. To get from one island to another, there are planes, or an underground train. The bullet trains in Japan are some of the fastest in the world. It's all necessar# for ever# da# life and transportation. RegionJapan belongs to the continent of ;sia, but it is not apart of the mainland. It sits 8ust a bit to the east, making it an island. It can be divided up into eight regions, Hokkaido, Tohoku, !anto, 2hubu, !inki, 2hugoku, "hikoku, !#ushu, and 7kinawa. *ach region has its own customs and culture. The !anto region, which holds Tok#o, and the !inki region, which holds 7saka, has ma8or differences in the taste of the food the# eat, and the st#le of the performing arts.

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