Japan By: Calista Kulpa

Location Description:Japan consists of several thousands of islands.Japan closest neighbors are China, Russia, and Korea.The sea of Japan separates the asian continent from the Japanese Archipelago.The country experiences many earthquakes.There are many Volcanoes in japan, it's most famous and tallest mountain is Mt. Fuji. http://www.japan-guide.com/list/e1000.html

Major Cities (and populations):Tokyo (9.3 million), Yokohama (3.7 million), Osaka (2.7 million), Nagoya (2.3 million), Sapporo (1.9 million), Fukuoka (1.5 million), Kobe (1.5 million), Kawasaki (1.5 million), Kyoto (1.5 million), Saitama (1.3 million), Hiroshima (1.2 million), Sendai (1.1 million), Chiba (1 million), Kitakyushu (1 million) http://www.japan-guide.com/list/e1003.html

Tokyo, the modern day capital of Japan (resembles an anime version of the U.S.'s New York City)

Capital: Tokyo, Japan. Traditional the capital of Japan is the home of the emperor. Original this was modern day Kyoto, but after 1868 it was moved to Tokyo.In tokyo tradition collides with pop culture. From Ancient temples to karaoke bars. Before the sun even rises you can join the fish action at the tsukiji fish market, then take a stroll beneath the cherry blossom trees that line the Sumida River. all you can eat sushi, Udon noodles, and wagashi. Tokyo is truly a city to love and city worth being capital. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298184-Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto-Vacations.html

Climate: Winter- December to February. It's quite dry and sunny along the pacific coast. Temperatures rarely drop below 32°F. The temperature drops as you move north. The central and northern regions experience snowfall. Southern japan is relatively temperate and experiences mild winters. Spring- From March to May. Temperatures are warm, but not too hot. There isn't much rain. The cherry blossoms are out during spring and there are plenty of festivals to enjoy. Summer- from June to August. he country experiences a three to four- week rainy season. During the rainy season the farmers plant their rice. It's hot and humid and the temperatures are usually in the high 90's. Autumn- From september to november. characterised by light breezes and cool temperatures around 46-50ºF.many exhibitions, music concerts, and sports tournaments are held in autumn. http://www.statravel.com/japan-climate.htm

Cherry Blossom are native to Japan.

Typical plant life: more than 17,000 species of flowering and nonflowering plants are found in japan. many are cultivated widely. Azaleas cover the hills in april. The tree peony blossom at the beginning of may. The lotus blossom in august. chrysanthemums bloom in november. various types of seaweed grow naturally or are cultivated in offshore waters. forest cover 64 percent of japan's land area.http://www.countriesquest.com/asia/japan/land_and_resources/plant_and_animal_life.htm

The Japanese Macaque is the only primate in Japan

Animal Life: Japan's animal life includes 140 species of mammals, 450 species of birds. a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Mammal: wild boar, deer, rabbits, hares, squirrels, varies species of bear, foxes, badgers, Japanese macaque. Birds: sparrows, house swallows, thrushes, cranes, herons, swans, storks, cormorants, ducks. Most ocean life is found at 36 degrees north latitude. HTTP://WWW.COUNTRIESQUEST.COM/ASIA/JAPAN/LAND_AND_RESOURCES/PLANT_AND_ANIMAL_LIFE.HTM

Population:over all population- 126,205,194. 1.72% of the world's population. number 11 on list of countries by population. population density= 347 people per square km (897 people per square mile). total land area= 364,571 square km (140,761 square miles). 93.7% of the population is urban (118,911,665 people in 2016). Median age in Japan is 46.9 years. Migrant net= 50,000. yearly percent change= -.2%. Yearly change= -249,766. http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/japan-population/

A rice field in Japan; Rice is the most important agricultural product in Japan.

Major Agriculture Products: Rice is by far the most important crop in Japan. other crops grown in japan include soybeans, wheat, barley, and a large variety of fruits and vegetables. Farmland in japan is scarce, only 12% of the total area. actions are being taken to increase the farmland, though. Japan is known to be hit by tsunamis which greatly impact their crops and ability to continuously grow crops. farmers are adapting, though. agricultural productions are improving in japan. http://www.pecad.fas.usda.gov/highlights/2012/08/Japantrip/

Natural Resources: japan has significant coastal waters making fish and seafood an abundant resource in japan. the demand for fish and seafood is so high, though, that japan must rely on imports to meet this need. even though japan has a small amount of farmland it has some of the highest crop yields in the world. Japan produces over 60% of it's own food each year. The country also produces gold, silver, magnesium, iron ore, and copper. Japan has no fossil fuel resources, it does however have small oil fields. though, these supply less than 1% of the counties oil. Japan is the world's largest importer of coal and liquefied natural gases. It's also the world's second-largest importer of oil. this lack of fossil fuels though have led japan to harness water as an energy source, making them one of the world's largest hydroelectric industries.https://www.reference.com/science/japan-s-natural-resources-de1cca6bbcee8760

Industry: Japan's major industries include manufacturing, construction, services, distribution, and communication. Japan's economy is the third largest in world (after china and the U.s.). The ministry of international trade and industry (established in 1949) has played an important role in implementing numerous policies that have helped in japan's growth. automobiles and electronics are the leaders in both technological advancements and productions. https://www.reference.com/world-view/major-industries-japan-b6c28936230c12d0?qo=cdpArticles#

Location: Absolute- 36.2048° N, 138.2529° E. relative location- Japan is located in the north pacific ocean. It separated from the rest of asia by the sea of japan. the closest countries to japan are china, russia, north korea, south korea, taiwan, and the philippines. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Japan/@33.4344755,116.2787283,4z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x34674e0fd77f192f:0xf54275d47c665244!8m2!3d36.204824!4d138.252924

Mount Fuji, the largest mountain in Japan is also an active volcano.

Place: human characteristics- official language= japanese. many citizens have the ability to write and speak english because it's a mandatory part of their school curriculum. Japan greatly values tradition. as tradition shoes are not allowed inside, not even in restaurants or hotels. another tradition is no phones in public, you are not permitted to talk on a phone in public and some establishment might even ask you to turn your phone on quiet when you enter the building. Physical characteristics- Japan is slightly smaller than the U.s. state of montana. It's largest mountain is mount fuji, it's also an active volcano. Japan is in the ring of fire. japan has several large rives. Japan is also made up of 4 major islands. http://veronicazwirek.weebly.com/human-characteristics.html

Human-environment interaction: mining for steel and different metals. farming for rice. fishing for fish and other seafood. skyscrapers, industries, shopping areas, arcades, and restaurants fill line the busy streets of Japan's cities. Forest cover 65% of japan. Pollution used to be a huge problem for japan. Business even dumped waste into the seas. by 1967 japan had to succumb to new laws involving pollution. Japan's pollution problem have since then improved. http://japanmpproject.weebly.com/humanenvironment-interaction.html

Movement: movement of humans- people in japan travel via bullet trains, subways, private cars, five international airports, highway buses and taxis, and some even ride bikes or simply walk. Traffic in big cities can get pretty jam packed in Japan. http://veronicazwirek.weebly.com/human-movement.html Movement of goods- japan imports and exports many goods. Goods in japan are imported/exported via planes and ships. japan imports nearly half of it's food supplies. the U.s. is japan's biggest trading partner. http://veronicazwirek.weebly.com/movement-of-goods.html

Region: Japan has 47 prefectures. these prefectures can be divided into eight regions. these regions are: hokkaido, tohoku, kanto, chubu, kinki, chugoku, shikoku, kyushu-okinawa. each region has it's own dialect, customs, and traditional culture. http://web-jpn.org/kidsweb/explore/regions/index.html

Mount Fuji: Japan's largest mountain and an active volcano. it's about 100 kilometers southwest of tokyo. it's commonly called "fuji-san". it's 3,776 meters tall. it's been a pilgrimage site for centuries, and it's consider one of japan's 3 sacred mountains. summit hikes up mount fuji are a popular activity. it's last eruption was December 16, 1707. https://www.google.com/destination/map?q=places+of+interest+to+visit+in+japan&biw=1517&bih=735&site=search&output=search&dest_mid=/m/03_3d&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiviKSR-oPRAhVi_4MKHRvmD2kQ69EBCCEoATAA#dest_mid=/m/03_3d&trifp=skpm%3D%2Fm%2F0cks0%26t%3D

Kinkaku-ji temple in Japan

Kinkaku-ji: A historic, tranquil temple with gold-leaf facades, set amidst landscaped gardens and a reflecting pond. address- 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan. Phone number- +81 75-461-0013. most popular form 9 am to 5 pm. earned 4.5 stars out of five in a google review.https://www.google.com/destination/map?q=places+of+interest+to+visit+in+japan&biw=1517&bih=735&site=search&output=search&dest_mid=/m/03_3d&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiviKSR-oPRAhVi_4MKHRvmD2kQ69EBCCEoATAA#dest_mid=/m/03_3d&trifp=skpm%3D%2Fm%2F01kn4w%26t%3De

In Harajuku, a popular neighborhood for tourism, girls have made their own unique culture and style.

harajuku: a neighbor hood in japan that's also a famous tourist spot. harajuku is district in shibyua, tokyo, japan. the women of harajuku have their own unique culture and style. a mix of anime, pastel, and pop culture combine with harajukus. It's unique. It's fun. It's bold. It's perfectly harajuku. https://www.google.com/destination/map?q=places+of+interest+to+visit+in+japan&biw=1517&bih=735&site=search&output=search&dest_mid=/m/03_3d&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiviKSR-oPRAhVi_4MKHRvmD2kQ69EBCCEoATAA#dest_mid=/m/03_3d&trifp=skpm%3D%2Fm%2F01334p%26t%3De

Credits:

Created with images by Moyan_Brenn - "Tokyo" • jans canon - "cherry blossom" • chrisliang82 - "wet monkey" • t-mizo - "Paddy Field (Matsudo, Chiba, Japan)" • InvictusOU812 - "mt_fuji1" • robertpaulyoung - "Kinkaku-ji" • liddybits - "Harajuku Girl"

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