Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon in Japanese, is an island nation in . Its insular character has allowed it to develop a unique and very intricate culture, while its closeness to other ancient Far Eastern cultures, in particular , has left lasting influence.

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is the enormous and wealthy capital of Japan, and also its main city, overflowing with culture, commerce, and most of all, people. Photo: 名無し野電車区, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The Kantō region of Japan, on the eastern side of the main island , is a broad plain dominated by and nearly synonymous with the megalopolis of and its suburbs. Photo: Francisco Anzola, CC BY 2.0.

Chūbu is the central region of Japan's island. Photo: Σ64, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Kyūshū is the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. Photo: Nerotaso, CC BY-SA 3.0.


is the western region of the main Japanese island of , second only to region of Eastern Japan in population. Photo: Corpse Reviver, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is the northeastern region of Japan's island. Photo: Fisherman, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Chūgoku is the westernmost part of the main Japanese island . Photo: Gilad Rom, CC BY 2.0.

is the northernmost of Japan's four main islands. Photo: Jrballe, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is an oft-forgotten island in Japan. The smallest of Japan's Big Four with around four million inhabitants, it lies to the south of . Photo: Yurinokuni, CC0.

Prefecture is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, an island chain to the southwest of the Home Islands. Photo: 663highland, CC BY 2.5.


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