Just like the Grecian historical setting, the origin of Japan is based on their own mythological narrative. According to Kojiki or the Japanese "Record of Ancient Things", the landmass of Japan, consisting of eight regions, was believed to be the children of deities called Izanami and Izanagi. Did you know that Japan has no definite foundation day or an independence day? Since no one knows the exact date when Japan has started, and it hasn’t been occupied by any foreign nation, the Japanese celebrates their “National Foundation Day” every February 11, based on the accession of their first emperor, Jimmu, and the start of Yamato Dynasty.
Mutsuhito, or Emperor Meiji, marked the end of Tokugawa Shogunate and restored the imperial power from military dictatorship of the shoguns. The Meiji Era was considered as the period of Westernization and the start of industrialization of Japan. They had sought to be as capable as the Western countries, and they succeeded.
Traces of the Meiji industrialization can still be seen until today, especially in the various prefectures of Kyushu region. They are collectively named as “Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining.” The place has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 5, 2015.
Here at Pop Japan, we pride ourselves on being one of the most passionate promoters of our nation. It is our strong belief that Japan has the ability to offer anyone a very fulfilling life.