Japan is a sovereign island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian mainland and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and China in the southwest. The kanji that make up Japan’s name mean “sun origin” and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
Japan is a strato volcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands. The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan’s land area and often are referred to as home islands. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions, with Hokkaido being the northernmost prefecture and Okinawa being the southernmost one.
The population of 127 million is the world’s tenth largest & Japanese people make up 98.5% of Japan’s total population. About 9.1 million people live in Tokyo the capital of Japan.
From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shōguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, which was ended in 1853.
Since adopting its revised constitution on May 3, 1947, Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with an Emperor and an elected legislature called the National Diet.
Our Japan Gallery covers Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura & Kyoto.