The first human habitation in the Japanese archipelago has been traced to prehistoric times. The Jōmon period, named after its “cord-marked” pottery, was followed by the Yayoi in the first millennium BC when new technologies were introduced from continental Asia.

During the Jomon period, which began around 10,000 BC, the inhabitants of Japan lived by fishing, hunting, and gathering. The period is named after the cord-markings (jomon) on the pottery they produced.



Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south

Although probably better known for its traditional culture and technologically advanced cities, Japan is also a country of mountains. Three mountain chains, namely the Hida, Kiso, and Akaishi Mountains, converge in Central Japan to form the Japanese Alps. Japan’s highest mountain is Mount Fuji with an elevation of 12,388 feet, and it is located on Honshu Island.

Being in Japan not always means the enthusiastic and fun loving city of Tokyo, temples, and monasteries, which Japan is usually perceived as. Mostly, it means the mountains and the peace that we get therein.


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