Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn February 11, 660 BCE, the mythical Emperor Jimmu united what would become the nation of Japan, and on February 11, Japan celebrates its national holiday.There is no evidence Jimmu or other early Japanese emperors existed, but tradition holds that Jimmu established his reign with smart military strategy. Jimmu and his older brothers campaigned northward from the southern tip of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. Eventually, the brothers made their way to the Seto Inland Sea, which separates Kyushu from the islands of Honshu and Shikoku.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ancient Adjective
to conduct or coordinate activities designed to achieve a social, political, or military goal.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
ruler of an empire.
group of nations, territories or other groups of people controlled by a single, more powerful authority.
to form or officially organize.
having to do with characteristics of a group of people linked by shared culture, language, national origin, or other marker.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
person who studies events and ideas of the past.
famous, heroic, or celebrated.
having to do with a legend or traditional story, not fact.
political unit made of people who share a common territory.
Encyclopedic Entry: nation region Noun
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region reign Verb
to rule as a monarch.
plan or method of achieving a goal.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.
to become a single unit.