Cultural Differences in The Regions of Japan Essay

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Cultural Differences in The Regions of Japan

Japan is a country made from four major islands. Though its area is small, each region has different tastes. The country has the population of 123.6 millions according to the 1990 census, or 2.5 % of the world total, and it is the seventh most populated nation according to The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Japan.(5, p.25). Japanese political and economical world power has been one of the success stories of the twentieth century. Though small in geographic area, its popularity is the seventh greatest; its inhabitants crowd themselves into an area the size of the state of Montana or California in the United States. Its natural resources are almost non-existent; however, today it ranks only
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It is 83517 square kilometres in area, a little smaller than Ireland. Its climate is quite different from that of Honshu, with colder temperatures, lower rainfall, no rainy season, few typhoons, and a much shorter growing season of only 120 to 140 days a year. Hokkaido was outside the rice-growing area in premodern Japan, but modern cold-resistant strains will grow there and it now produces large quantities of rice as well as live stock, dairies produce, fish, potatoes and other crops. About ninety percent of Japan’s pastureland is found in Hokkaido and nearly as much of its dairy produce comes from there. With its wooded terrain, pastureland, herds of cattle, large farms and silos Hokkaido has something of the look of New England to it. Individual farms are larger than those further south and the population are less dense.(1,p.24 ). Hokkaido also offers delicious seafood, fresh daily produce, and plenty of hot springs. Its beautiful winter is great for skiing, skating and the annual snow festival with its world-famous ice sculptures.(2). The coal-mining, forestry and fishing industries is important and industrial development is taking place around Sapporo, the principal city and centre of development of modern Hokkaido. Hokkaido is also one of the most popular place to visit for thousands of the tourists throughout the year. The island of Honshu, at 231,000 square

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