- from Ancient Japan
Welcome to old Japan. Here, warriors with swords fought on the battlefields and wrote poetry at home.
Farmers grew rice but often went hungry. And castles had squeaky floors to warn the owners if spies were creeping around.
Japan is an island nation about 100 miles off the coast of East Asia. Waves and water are like a natural fence, keeping other people away. For thousands of years, Japan grew and changed. But it was cut off from most of the world. During that time, the Japanese created a rare and interesting culture.