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Japan Vocabulary

Futon A Japanese quilted mattress that is rolled out on the floor for use as a bed
Haiku A Japanese poem that has only seventeen syllables, usually about nature
Hiroshima A city in southwestern Japan on the island of Honshu, the target of the first atom bomb
Honshu The largest of the four main islands of Japan
Japan A country of the Asian continent
Kendo A Japanese form of fencing with two handed bamboo swords that started as a safe way to train a samurai
Origami The Japanese art of folding paper into shapes and figures
Mt. Fuji An extinct volcano in south central Honshu Japan, it is the highest point in Japan
Noh Traditional Japanese masked drama with song and dance that originated in Shinto rites of passage
Samurai A member of a powerful military organization in feudal Japan
Sumo A Japanese form of heavyweight wrestling in which a person wins by pushing is opponent out of the ring
Shikoku The smallest main island of Japan
Sushi A Japanese dish that is made of small balls or rolls of cold cooked rice that has been flavored with vinegar and served with vegetables, egg, or raw fish
Tatami A rush covered straw mat that is used as a traditional floor covering in Japan
Tempura A Japanese dish of shellfish, fish, or vegetables that have been fried in batter
Tokyo The capital of Japan, formerly called Edo
Yen The basic monetary unit of Japan


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