Japan By: Sean Rogos

You should visit Japan as soon as possible! Japan is a wonderful country with lots of historical places to visit. There are ancient mines, old capital cities, religious shrines, and even old villages. It's a lot of fun!

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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

Economic: The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is a big mine located in the south-west region of Honshu Island. It was used between the 1500's and 1900's to mine and transport silver ore. You can still see the routes that were used to deliver this ore to three port towns located on the coast, Tomogaura, Okidomari and Yunotsu, where it was then shipped to other places. This mine played a big part in the economic development of Japan and south-east Asia because of how many materials that it could produce, the high price of those materials, and the demand for those materials. You should visit the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine because it was important to Japan's economy.

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Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Political: The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara are a city that was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. Nara was used during a key point in political development, when the national government was consolidated. You should visit The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara because they were very important politically to Japan.

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Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

Religious: The Itsukushima Shinto Shrine is a symbol of Shintoism. It is located on Itsukushima island, which is a holy place for the religion. The shrine was built in the 12th century and represents the Japanese concept of scenic beauty (nature and human creativity together). You should visit the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine because it's pretty and represents ancient religion in Japan.

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Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Cultural: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are old villages that model life as it was a long time ago. The steep thatch roofs and mountainous terrain show how houses were traditionally made and what people lived in a long time ago. You should visit the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama because they show ancient Japanese culture and the types of buildings people used to live in.

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