Prince Shōtoku, the Regent of Japan, sent a mission to China with a letter in which he called himself "the Emperor of the Land where the Sun rises" (日出處天子).
Influence from other regions, mainly China, followed by periods of isolation, particularly from Western Europe, has characterized Japan's history.
From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shoguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor.
Japan is well-known internationally for its major contributions to science and modern-day technology.
The earliest record of the name Nihon appears in the Chinese historical records of the Tang dynasty, the Old Book of Tang.
At the end of the seventh century, a delegation from Japan requested that Nihon be used as the name of their country.
This name may have its origin in a letter sent in 607 and recorded in the official history of the Sui dynasty.
, a Japanese compound combining the elements for “joint” and “party.” The phrase most commonly describes a get-together of a group of men and women, normally at a restaurant, where participants talk and get to know each other over food and drinks.
Even as Japanese are increasingly putting off matrimony, these events serve to provide young singles the chance to find potential marriage partners.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian mainland and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and China in the southwest.