C is for Caste, because much like a caste, the feudal system once existed in Japan which split up people by importance and power. People in Japan were born into their caste and it was very hard moving up and down
D is for Daimyo, one section of the feudalism caste. They were Japan's large landowners and powerful lords. They were also vassals of the shogun meaning they were “a holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance.” They were protected by a lower caste, the Samurai.
E is for emperor, the “Top” of the caste system and only a figurehead for the powerful shogun.
F is for Figureheads, known as the emperor of Japan. This meaning that he’s a person that appears to rule even though real power rests with someone else.
G is for Geography. Japan has 4 main islands, very rugged with mountains. Only 15% of land is usable, the farming is difficult and depends on the sea for rich soil. It also has very congested urban areas.
H is for Haiku. Haikus are a short form of Japanese poem. It has 3 lines, the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the last line has 5 syllables
I is for Internment Camps, what the US set up during WW2 to keep all Japanese and Japanese Americans, in order to eliminate any suspicion of spying going on during the war.
J is for Justice or rectitude, one of the virtues in the Bushido, without it, “neither talent nor learning can make the human frame into a samurai.”
K is for Korea, a country located Northeast of Japan and is a threat to Japan with powerful nukes.
L is for Loyalty, also part of the 7 virtues and very much important because Samurai had to be loyal to their job and their country in order to protect and serve.
M is for Murder. Murdering innocent and the not so innocent people were what the Samurai’s did. If anyone offended them, they would murder them even though they may have caused little to no harm.
N is for Nobles, Nobles in Japan had some power since they were powerful landowners. They were well respected as well as favorited and lived in great luxury.
O is for Okubo Toshimichi, one of the great 3 great nobles who led Japan's Meiji Restoration beginning in 1868
P is for Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese on December 7, 1941 which lead the US into WW2
Q is for queens and kings. They were on top of the caste system in Europe which can be compared to Japan's Feudal system since they had an emperor at the top.
R is for Restoration. The Meiji Restoration ended the strict feudal system which gave back its power to the emperor.
S is for Samurai. Samurai’s were part of early to medieval Japanese feudalism. They followed a set of rules called the Bushido. A true warrior must hold loyalty, courage, veracity, compassion, honor, etc. If the warrior does not follow, he loses his honor. The only way to gain back honor is to commit suicide. (Seppuku)
T is for Trade. The Japanese established a trade with the US since they were seen as a threat. They realized how behind they were in technology compared to the US and wanted to catch up. It all started with those Portuguese ships.
U is for Unity. The Japan united with Germany, Russia, and more during World War 2 since they wanted more power.
V is for Virtue. Virtues were what the Samurai had to follow in order to be dedicated and to have honor.
W is for Whet. The Samurai carried around 2 swords and they were often very whet, meaning sharp.
X is for Xeric. Some places in Japan contained little moisture and very dry weather in the summer.
Y is for Yamato. Yamato was the lead ship of the Japanese Navy WW2 Battleships.
Z is for Zen. Zen is the Japanese form of the Sanskrit word dhyana, or “ Meditation ". It is in schools of Buddhism and has had significant impact in Japan.