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Many people often see little similarity between the country of Japan and Europe However there are actually several similarities between these two countries In fact Reischauer and Jansen note that Feudal Japan had departed so far from East Asian norms that it was more similar to medieval Europe than it was to China Thus the knight of Europe and the samurai of Japan despite a lack of contact with one another shared several common elements This was a result of many similarities social and cultural influences experienced by the two distant countries Japan has a history that dates back thousands of years Researchers believe the Japanese people descended from many groups that migrated to the islands from other parts of Asia including China and Korea As early as 4500 BC the Japanese islands were inhabited by fishermen hunters and farmers The early culture was known as Jomon named after the cord pattern pottery crafted by the people at the time Major Japanese cultural changed occurred about 200 BC The people were known as Yayoi The Yayoi were mostly farmers It is believed that the present-day Japanese closely resemble the Yayoi in appearance and language Ancient Yayoi warriors developed weapons armor and a code during the ensuing centuries that became the centerpiece for the Japanese samurai War played a central part in the history of Japan Warring clans controlled much of the country A chief headed each clan made up of related families The chiefs were the ancestors of Japans imperial family The wars were usually about land useful for the production of rice In fact only 20 of the land was fit for farming The struggle for control of that land eventually gave rise to the Samurai One of the important dates in the history of the Japanese warring class is 660 BC Thats when according to legend Emperor Jimmu became head of a confederation of warlike clans Emperor Jimmu was known as
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