04b_Ch.12- Feudal Powers in JapanTimeline:
To what extent did the Japanese Adopt & Adapt ideas from its Neighbors?
The Japanese adopted elements of Chinese culture via their commercial and political contacts. These adopted cultural elements were adapted to suit the unique conditions of the people of the Japanese archipelago and developed alongside (or fused with) native traditions. The 'offspring' of this process is a unique culture that changes when necessary without abandoning time-honored traditions.
I. Chronology of Diffusion
A. History of Asian Mainland Inﬂuence
1. Prehistoric Contact: Series of migrations to the archipelago via Korea Strait prior to the Yayoi Period 2. Political/ Commercial contact between societies begins in Japan's Yayoi Period (300 BCE - 300 CE) 3. First Chinese record of Japan (as a tribute-bearing nation) dates to 2nd C. CE.
B. Political Impact
1. Missions to China 2. Taika Reform ("Great Change") in 645 a. Modeled after Chinese Confucian State- a centralized bureaucratic state. This concentrated power within the imperial throne.
b. Attempt to nationalize all land c. Divide land equally among peasants, but not nobles
II. Japan Adopts & Adapts
A. Technological and Artistic Impact
1. Writing System
Philosophical/ Religious Impact
1. Buddhism and Shinto
III. The Efforts of Prince Shotoku
The Unitary State tradition is a political tradition of China since the Qin dynasty