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:

DWei said...

Or as the Chinese believe, came from China.

Bob Bushell said...

Great fact.

Saucy Siciliana said...

You know more about Japan than I do:)

Unknown said...

AregatoZaimas :D

Great info, Adam (YYY)

Have a Great Weekend,

Nicole

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Emmylou said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

Went through a few name changes, interesting

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really would love to visit Japan someday.

Christine said...

Neat facts!

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DEZMOND said...

I thought they call their country Nipon

AuL Howler said...

nice post!
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Maude Lynn said...

Cool!

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Adam said...

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

stephen Hayes said...

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

Theresa Mahoney said...

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

Dana said...

Interesting! ☺

Pilar Domínguez said...

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