|Early Japan (until 710)
During the Jomon Period (13000 BC to 300 BC), the inhabitants of the Japanese
islands were gatherers, fishers and hunters. Jomon is the name of the era's pottery.
During the Yayoi Period (300 BC to 300 AD), the rice culture was imported into
Japan around 100 BC. With the introduction of agriculture, social classes started to
evolve, and parts of the country began to unite under powerful land owners.
Chinese travellers during the Han and Wei dynasties reported that a queen called
Himiko (or Pimiku) reigned over Japan at that time. The Yayoi period brought also
the introduction of iron and other modern ideas from Korea into Japan. Again, its
pottery gave the period its name.