Journey Through Japan
by Noucheng Thao, age 10
Japan is an influential
east-Asian country, located off the coast of China. Although it lacks
fertile land, Japan is a country with a rich history and culture.
Japan is the eighteenth
largest country in Asia and is made up of many islands, the largest
of which is Honshu. Japan’s landscape is very hilly and
mountainous. Japan’s highest peak is Mount Fuji, which last erupted
in 1707. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in Japan. The
rivers that flow through Japan are very fast, and Japanese people use
them to generate power.
Japan has a varied climate.
Its southern islands are quite warm, while the northern island of
Hokkaido typically gets snow in the winter. Japan also receives a lot
Many animals dwell in the
forests of Japan. Japanese macaques, a type of monkey, are very
popular because of their pink faces. Instead of hibernating during
cold winters, they keep warm by swimming in hot springs. Other
animals such as bears, wild boar, deer, and foxes also live in Japan.
The largest city in Japan
is Tokyo. There are other large cities such as Yokohama and Osaka,
which are all located on the island of Honshu. Honshu has 80 percent
of Japan’s population. The two main religions practiced in Japan
are Shinto and Buddhism.
Japan is wealthy although
it lacks many natural resources. It doesn’t have many resources
because only 15 percent of its hilly landscape is suitable for
farming. Nevertheless, Japan manages to produce 70 percent of the
food it needs. Rice is the food that is grown and eaten the most.
Japan also produces a lot of fruit, sugar beet, tea and vegetables.
The first people to live in
Japan were the Ainu people, who moved to the area about 2,200 years
ago. Some Ainu people still live on the island of Hokkaido today, and
modern Japanese are their descendants.
Japan eventually became a
powerful nation because it won important battles against China in
1894. It also defeated Russia in 1905. Japan and the United States
entered into World War II after Japan attacked the American naval
base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1945, America dropped atomic bombs
on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The United States
occupied Japan until 1952, during which time Japan became a
One of the reasons Japan
is so wealthy is because it is one of the largest manufacturers in
the world, exporting mainly electronic equipment and vehicles. It is
also one of the most industrialized countries in the world, second
only to the United States.
The Kingfishers Children’s Encyclopedia