JAPANESE FLAG• White – means peace and honesty• Red dot – means hardness, strength, and bravery
LOCATIONJapan is an island nation in East Asia.Located in the pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan’s name mean “sun-origin”, which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
POPULATION127,368,088MONEY-Unit of currency= Yen-Comes in coins and paper form (BANKNOTES)-Coin values: 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 100 yen-Banknote values: 500 yen, 1,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 10,000 yen
RELIGION• Shinto – “the way of God “ - shinto gods are called “kami” - a native religion in Japan with its roots stretching back to 500 B.C. And is a poly-theistic one venerating almost any natural objects ranging from mountains rivers, water, rocks, trees, to dead notables. In other words, it is based on anismism.
• Buddhism - a traditional that focuses on personal spiritual development. Buddhist strive for a deep insight into the true nature of life and do not worship gods or deities. - practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha (meaning “the awakening one” in Sanskrit and Pali.)
Most women and men in Japan wear kimonosKimonos are dresses long and Silky
WRITINGS• Hiragana - was originally ‘onnade’ which means women’s hand