Japan as we know it today is a group of islands located in the eastern part of Asia. While it is now a highly populated island filled with large cities, this was not always the case. The earliest people known to live on the islands of Japan were nomadic hunters from northeast Asia. These hunters settled on the islands as early as 35,000 B.C. and are considered the Paleolithic people of Japan. During this time, Japan was connected to Korea and Siberia by a land bridge that had formed when the seas receded after the ice ages. When the last ice age ended, the ice caps melted and the sea levels rose, once again separating the islands of Japan from the main land. This gave birth to the one of the earliest periods of Japan known as the Jomon Period. …show more content…
Instead, they used hunting, fishing, and gathering as their primary methods of survival. While they may have cultivated some sort of grain, they were mainly gatherers. The people of the Jomon period knew how to distinguish and find edible plants and knew how to use salt to help preserve their food. Nuts, fruit, roots, deer, and sea food were also some of their various food resources. Hunting, like gathering, was another survival technique practiced by the early in habitants of Japan. Hunters originally would go off and hunt by themselves but, eventually, bands of hunters were formed. Dogs, the only domesticated animal known to the Jomon Japanese, were also added to help with the hunts. Around 900 B.C, during the late Jamon Period, the climate cooled and food became less abundant, causing the population of Japan to decline dramatically. In turn, this introduced the Yayoi Period of Japan. The Yayoi Period was a brief but significant period where Korean advancements were integrated into Japan. These advancements included mining, smelting and casting of bronze and iron, and the irrigation and cultivation of rice. The irrigation and cultivation of rice helped increase the food supply and allowed the people of the Yayoi Period to add rice to their hunting and gathering

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