|Early Japan (until 710)
During the Jomon Period (13000 BC to 300 BC), the
inhabitants of the Japanese islands were gatherers,
fishers and hunters. Jomon is the name of the era's
During the Yayoi Period (300 BC to 300 AD), the rice
culture was imported into Japan around 100 BC. With
the introduction of agriculture, social classes started to
evolve, and parts of the country began to unite under
powerful land owners. Chinese travellers during the
Han and Wei dynasties reported that a queen called
Himiko (or Pimiku) reigned over Japan at that time.
The Yayoi period brought also the introduction of iron
and other modern ideas from Korea into Japan. Again,
its pottery gave the period its name.