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Japan

Japan


The 'Land of the Rising Sun' was ruled for centuries by a succession of feudal military shoguns characterised by a ruling warrior class, the samurai. The shogunates were a catalyst for the promotion of a series of aesthetic ideals alongside the prosperity of both the Shinto religion and zen Buddhism, and all have left their mark on the architecture and art of Japan. The country consists of over 6,500 islands and is renowned for its natural beauty as well as its architectural wonders, not least the iconic Mount Fuji.