A report on Japan and Japanese archipelago

Legendary Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇)
Samurai warriors battling Mongols during the Mongol invasions of Japan, depicted in the
Emperor Meiji (明治天皇); 1852–1912
Japan's imperial ambitions ended on September 2, 1945, with the country's surrender to the Allies.
The Japanese archipelago
Mount Fuji in Spring, view from Arakurayama Sengen Park
Autumn maple leaves at Kongōbu-ji on Mount Kōya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The National Diet Building
Japan is a member of both the G7 and the G20.
JMSDF class destroyer
The Tokyo Stock Exchange
A rice paddy in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture
A plug-in hybrid car manufactured by Toyota. Japan is the third-largest maker of motor vehicles in the world.
The Japanese Experiment Module (Kibō) at the International Space Station
Japan Airlines, the flag carrier of Japan
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant
The Greater Tokyo Area is ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.
The torii of Itsukushima Shinto Shrine near Hiroshima
Kanji and hiragana signs
Students celebrating after the announcement of the results of the entrance examinations to the University of Tokyo
12th-century illustrated handscroll of The Tale of Genji, a National Treasure
Noh performance at a Shinto shrine
Young ladies celebrate Coming of Age Day (成人の日) in Harajuku, Tokyo
A plate of nigiri-zushi
Sumo wrestlers form around the referee during the ring-entering ceremony
Japanese samurai boarding a Mongol vessel during the Mongol invasions of Japan, depicted in the, 1293
Skyscrapers in Nakanoshima, Osaka; a major financial centre in Japan

The Japanese archipelago (Japanese: 日本列島, Nihon rettō) is a group of 6,852 islands that form the country of Japan as well as the Russian island of Sakhalin.

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Japan is a part of the Ring of Fire, and spans an archipelago of 6852 islands covering 377,975 km2; the five main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu (the "mainland"), Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa.

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Former Hokkaidō Government Office in Chūō-ku, Sapporo
Palace reception near Hakodate in 1751. Ainu bringing gifts (cf. omusha)
The samurai and the Ainu, c. 1775
Matsumae Takahiro, a Matsumae lord of the late Edo period (December 10, 1829 – June 9, 1866)
The Ainu, Hokkaidō's indigenous people
Map of Hokkaido showing the subprefectures and the primary cities
Map of Hokkaido as seen by municipalities
Satellite image of Hokkaidō in winter
Hokkaido in winter and summer
Sapporo, Hokkaidō's largest city.
Large farm of Tokachi plain
Farm Tomita in Nakafurano
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station on the Hokkaido Shinkansen
Hollow Dogū, the only National Treasure on the island (Hakodate Jōmon Culture Center)
Sapporo Dome in Sapporo.
Geofeatures map of Hokkaido
Hokkaido seen from the International Space Station
Satellite image of Hokkaido
The Oyashio Current colliding with the Kuroshio Current off the coast of Hokkaido. When two currents collide, they create eddies. Phytoplankton growing in the surface waters become concentrated along the boundaries of these eddies, tracing out the motions of the water.
Overview of Kushiro Wetland
Lake Akan and Mount Meakan
View of Lake Mashū
Lake Shikotsu
Sōunkyō, a gorge in the Daisetsu-zan Volcanic Area
Sapporo City

Hokkaidō (北海道) is Japan's second largest island and comprises the largest and northernmost prefecture, making up its own region.


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Kyushu from the International Space Station.
Geofeatures map of Kyushu
Map of Kyushu region with prefectures.
JMSDF District Forces, including the Sasebo District Force.

Kyushu (九州) is the third-largest island of Japan's five main islands and the most southerly of the four largest islands (i.e. excluding Okinawa).


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Japan as seen from a satellite. Honshu is the largest, middle island.

Honshu (本州), historically called Hondo (本土), is the largest and most populous main island of Japan.

Sea of Okhotsk full map

Sea of Okhotsk

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Marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean.

Marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean.

Sea of Okhotsk full map
Sea of Okhotsk seasons winter and summer
Most of the Sea of Okhotsk, with the exception of the Sakhalin Island, had been well mapped by 1792
Nagayevo Bay near Magadan, Russia
Shiretoko National Park on the Sea of Okhotsk coast of Hokkaido, Japan

It is located between Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula on the east, the Kuril Islands on the southeast, Japan's island of Hokkaido on the south, the island of Sakhalin along the west, and a stretch of eastern Siberian coast along the west and north.

With the exception of Hokkaido, one of the Japanese home islands, the sea is surrounded on all sides by territory administered by the Russian Federation.

Map of the island

Okinawa Island

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Map of the island
The first Ryukyuan mission to Edo, the capital of Tokugawa Japan
The last King Shō Tai
American troops in Okinawa, June 27, 1945
Kokusai Street in Naha
Topographic map of Okinawa Island
Farmland in Okinawa
F-15C Eagles and an F-15D of the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base
US military bases in Okinawa (2010)
Shuri Castle Festival in Naha
Tapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium in Okinawa.
Naha Airport (2010)
Okinawa Urban Monorail
Yanbaru forest and Mount Yonaha
Matsuyama intersection in Naha
The Okinawa rail
Cliffs at Manzamo
Village of Onna
A pond in Okinawa
Cape Busena, in Nago, Okinawa
Sunset Beach (Chatan-cho)
Map of Okinawa Prefecture with location of Okinawa Island
Shuri Castle in Naha
Nakagusuku Castle ruins
Cornerstone of Peace monument
Nakamura house
Okinawa Island is the home of Tsuboya-yaki, pottery in the Ryūkyūan tradition.
Bullfighting (Tōgyū) arena. Okinawa is the home of a form of bullfighting sometimes compared to sumo

Okinawa Island (沖縄本島) is the largest of the Okinawa Islands and the Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands of Japan in the Kyushu region.

It is the smallest and least populated of the five main islands of Japan.

Emperor of Japan

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Emperor Go-Daigo
The first arrival of Emperor Meiji to Edo (1868).
Masako, Empress Consort of Japan from 2019
Conjectural images of the Imperial Regalia of Japan.
Enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (22 October 2019)
Entrance of the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachiōji, Tokyo
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Emperor Shows Hirohito was the Japanese Emperor during World War Two and after
Tokyo Imperial Palace

The emperor of Japan is the monarch and the head of the Imperial Family of Japan.

The contemporary territories include the Japanese archipelago and these areas.