#4: Legend

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Long ago in ancient times, a man named Izanagi was in heaven looking down on the earth. He dipped his jeweled spear into the pool and when a droplet fell, it created an island. When Izanagi met up with his lover Izanami they married and created the other seven islands of Japan. Along with this they created the seasons, mountains, and everything in nature. After this, Izanami died of a burning fever and Izanagi was left heartbroken. Crazed with grief and love for his dead wife, Izanagi searched the underworld to see her one last time. When he saw her, he was horrified to see that she had become a rotting corpse. Embarrassed by Izanagi seeing her, Izanami vowed that 1,000 people in Japan would die as revenge for Izanagi seeing her.

Describing how Izanami looked in the underworld painted the picture of what it was like to see her after she died. Another thing that helped to understand what was going on was how the author described when Izanagi created Japan and how he did it was really cool.

The adjectives they used in the legend helped paint a vivid picture of everything that was going on in the story. It was complex but also easy to understand in the text. They didn’t use repetition too much which made it easy to read and understand and they also used adjectives that helped describe what they were seeing in the story.

The theme/main idea is how the world and the underworld were separated and how that came to be. The legend told the story of Izanagi and Izanami and how they were married, separated, and divorced because of the death of Izanami. I could clearly see this in the text because it was painting a picture in my head and it also told me that that was the legend’s theme/main idea.

I saw Japans culture in the legend a lot because of the things they talked about. The first one I saw was the jeweled spear that Izanagi dipped in the earth to create Japan. The next one I saw was the way the author described the earth and also how they told the story of the underworld.

#3 News Article

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I can’t put the link in for the article, it won’t let me.

In Japan, there is a continuing issue with gender identity. Many people in Japan are gender fluid, which means that it’s not necessary to identify as either male or female. The diversity in gender definitions in Japan challenge modern day ideas that male and female are either-or identities.

Homosexuality was outlawed for a time in the early 1900’s, and same-sex marriage is still illegal in Japan today. Gay men are expected to marry women and have children to fulfill social expectations while carrying out their sexual lives discreetly.

These people have been oppressed for a very long time, and Japanese societies are still uncertain about whether lines between genders should be straight, bent, or blurred. Things of this nature are an issue in almost every country and it impacts equality all over the world.

Post #2: Background Information

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  • Population: 126.4 million people. Most people live in the capital city of Tokyo.
  • Capital City is Tokyo.
  • Another major city in Japan is Yokohama. The population is 3,690,000 people. Yamashita Park, China Town, and a Ramen Museum.
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  • After World War Two, Japan suffered in their poverty and agriculture. Their national debt reached high numbers which still affects them today
  • The main religions in Japan are Shinto, Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism.
  • An important date pertaining to Japan are 1853 when the US forced Japan to open up to foreign influence after over 200 years of self imposed isolation.
  • Japan has the world’s third largest economy. They have achieved remarkable growth in the second half of the 20th Century after the devastation of the Second World War.

Post #1: Introduction

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I selected the country of Japan. I chose this country because I find the culture very fascinating and I’ve always wanted to know more about it. I expect to discover a lot about their history and what rules and laws are enforced there. I would like to know more about their culture and how their government works.

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