|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 pottery.
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.