- from Ancient Japan
Welcome to old Japan. Here, warriors with swords clashed on the battlefields and wrote poetry at home.
Farmers grew rice but often went hungry themselves, and great castles had squeaky floors to warn their owners of spies dressed in black.
About 100 miles off the coast of East Asia sits the island nation of Japan. Waves and water form a natural barrier, protecting the islands from outside invaders. For thousands of years, Japan grew and changed, cut off from most of the rest of the world. During their many years of isolation, the Japanese developed a unique and fascinating culture.