Friday, March 14, 2014

Fact of the Day: Ancient Japan

While Japan is known today as 日本 (Nihon) in the modern Japanese language, it wasn't the first name of the country. The earliest known name was 倭国 (Wakoku) which literally means the county of the Wa people. More commonly known today as the Yamato people, it refers to the original residents of Japan (and their descendants) who lived on the mainland instead of one of the smaller islands.

18 comments:

  1. Or as the Chinese believe, came from China.

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  2. You know more about Japan than I do:)

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  3. AregatoZaimas :D

    Great info, Adam (YYY)

    Have a Great Weekend,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  4. I love how you do all these informative posts, Adam:)

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  5. Went through a few name changes, interesting

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  6. I really would love to visit Japan someday.

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  8. I thought they call their country Nipon

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    1. Nippon is alternate name, but Nihon I've always found in my studies of the language is more common and I like it more.

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  9. nice post!
    greetings from indonesia ^^

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  11. Very interesting. This might have been mentioned in "Shogun" but it's been a long time since I read that book.

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  12. Japan seems like it would be such a beautiful country to visit. Their trees alone make me want to go!

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  13. I haven´t hear this word Nihon for Japan before you mentioned in this post. Interesting! Kisses:)

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