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Ancient Japan: Key Vocabulary

Ancient Japan: Key Vocabulary

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Samurai
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a Japanese warrior
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Seppuku
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act of suicide committed by samurais when they bring dishonor to themselves
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Code of Bushido
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code Samurai lived by; stressed honor, loyalty, and bravery
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Daimyo
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a high ranking Japanese noble
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Shogun
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supreme military commander
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fixed class system
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a person is born into and stays in the same class as his/her parents
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Shinto
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indigenous religion of Japan; focuses on reverence for nature, ancestors
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Kami
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spirits of nature according to Shintoism
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Amaterasu
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golden goddess of the sun according to Shintoism
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Tsukyomi
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brother of Amaterasu, a.k.a the moon in Shintoism
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Buddhism
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religion brought to Japan; focuses on enlightenment
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Nirvana
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complete peace gained by following the Eightfold Path according to Buddhism
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archipelago
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a chain of islands
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isolation
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being apart or alone
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tsunami
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large, destructive ocean wave caused by an underwater earthquake
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Ring of Fire
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physical location of Japan that causes Japan to experience strong, frequent earthquakes
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haiku
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poem with 17 syllables; 5 in the 1st line, 7 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd
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