Early Japan (until 710)  

Basic information

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.
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