The “Pitmen Painters” of England and Japan in the Early 20th Century

Throughout the centuries, a number of coal miners have documented their lives with paintings. Some of their works are now in museums and bring the stories of the “pitmen” back to life. By Dr. Diana Cooper-RichetChercheur au Centre d’histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporainesUniversité de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines – Université Paris-Saclay Introduction Curiously, despite its[…]

The Influence of Neighboring Cultures on Medieval Japan

Exploring the civilization of Japan from about 500 to 1700 C.E. Introduction Together, the Japanese islands make up an area about the size of Montana. Japan’s four large islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Of these, you can see that Honshu is the largest and most centrally located. To the west, the Sea of[…]

The ‘Horse-Rider’ Theory of the Conquering of Ancient Japan

The ‘horse-rider theory’ (kibaminzokusetsu) was proposed by the historian Egami Namio in 1948. Introduction The ‘horse-rider theory’ is a controversial proposal that Japan was conquered around the 4th or 5th century CE by a culture from northern Asia to whom the horse was especially important. Although archaeological evidence and genetics point to a close relationship[…]

The Paleolithic Period of Prehistoric Japan

The study of the Paleolithic period in Japan did not begin until quite recently: the first Paleolithic site was not discovered until 1946. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction The Japanese Paleolithic period is the period of human inhabitation in Japan predating the development of pottery, generally before 10,000 BC.[1] The starting dates commonly given to this[…]