According to legend, Japan as a nation came into being in 600BC, under Emperor Jimmu, allegedly a direct descendant of the sun goddess and ancestor of the present ruling imperial family. Hmm? The first recorded contact with the western world occurred about 1542, when a Portuguese ship, blown off its course to China, landed in Japan. Ever since that time, Japan has tried to adapt beneficial western ways while keeping sacrosanct the Japanese roots and traditions which arose from its beginnings. In recent years, that attempt has been obscured by the digital information age.
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