Welcome to all who are interested in Japan.

With a rich recorded history of more than 1500 years and some of the greatest literature, art and technology in the world, Japan is fascinating to both those who know it well, or hardly at all. As this part of the website develops, we hope you will begin to see deeper into this unique civilization.




Power & Order
(Politics, Law, bureaucracy)
Belief & Knowledge
(Religion, Thought, Education, Ritual & Science)
Social Relations & Structure
(Kinship, Class & Marriage)
Economy & Population
(Production, Consumption, Demography, Agriculture)
Arts, Crafts & Technology
Specific People
(Life stories or ethnic groups)

Long-term Change