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Autor: people • June 5, 2011 • Essay • 1,725 Words (7 Pages) • 2,415 Views
Instead of choosing just one of the five themes of geography for my
project, I decided to pick a location that interests me then investigate all five
themes throughout my location. I chose Japan since this is a place I have always
wanted to visit, but do not think I will ever have the opportunity to go. While
investigating the five themes, I found the endless amount of depth to each theme.
Therefore, I will only briefly be addressing each geographic theme for Japan.
The first theme I will be addressing is location and regions. Japan is a series
of islands located to the east of Russia and Korea and is separated by the Sea of
Japan and is part of the continent Asia. The coordinates for the middle of Japan are
36 degrees north and 138 degrees east of the Prime Meridian. Japan is made up of
several thousands of islands. To the west is the North Pacific Ocean. Japan is about
300,000 kilometers and is about the size of California.
Japan is broken into eight regions as shown below in my example. Each
region varies some with difference in customs and culture. The first is the northern
most one you see below. It is called Hokkaido. Hokkaido is the second largest of
Japan's islands. It has very harsh winters at below zero temperatures with lots of
snow and very mild summers.
Hokkaido is the least
developed of Japan's islands,
therefore it attracts nature
lovers, skiers, and
snowboarders. Moving down
the map, the next place you
see is the Tohoku Region. It
is in the north part of Japan's
largest island, Honshu. This region seems to have a little of everything with its
countrysides, mountains, lakes, and it's hot springs. This region has harsh winters
much like the Hokkaido region, but it is known for producing very high quality
rice. The next region is the Kanto region. This region is just a very large plain and
because of that, this is where the large cities of Tokyo and Yokohama are located.
Being the home of such large cities the Kanto Region is very dense in population,
probably the most populated part of Japan. The Chubu Region is in the middle of
Honshu. What I found interesting about the Chubu Region is that this region is also
broken into three other regions within itself. The northern part of the Chubu
Region along the coast is also known as the Hokuriku Region. The mid part of
Chubu is called the Koshinetsu Region and the southern part is called Tokai
Region. The Kinki Region is usually referred to as Kansai. This is the political and
cultural center for Japan, much like Seattle and Olympia are for Washington. This
region is the home of many popular cities such as Osaka and Kyoto. The Chugoku
Region is on the western part of Honshu. This region is also divided into two other
regions within itself. One is Sanyo, along the Seto Inland Sea coast. This part is
very urbanized and industrialized. The other is Sanin which is along the coast of
the Sea of Japan. This part is very rural and much less developed than Sanyo.
South of Chugoku is the Shikoku Region. This region is Japan's fourth largest
island and the smallest of the four main islands. It is also the least populated out of
them. Kyushu Region is the southernmost if Okinawa is included with it. I do not
think it should be, but I have found many resources that do include Okinawa with
Kyushu. Kyushu is one of the first places of Japanese civilization. Because of this,
Kyushu has lots of historic treasures. Okinawa is considered by most to be part of
the Kyushu Region. It consists of many small islands closely together that run in a
chain from Kyushu to Taiwan. This stretch is over one thousand kilometers.
The next two themes I will look at are the nature-culture and the cultural
landscape of Japan. Since Japan consists of many islands and much of Japan is on
a coastline, fishing is an important way of life. In the non-urbanized parts of Japan,
you will mostly find small fishing villages on the outskirts by the water or strip
mines in the mountainous regions. However, a lot of these places have been
abandoned for the crowded city life. Also, agriculture is very important there. They
are the largest producer of some of the highest quality rice with all the rice paddies.
Japan has a very rough terrain covered with mountains, many of which are
volcanoes. With the mountains