Japan is an island country in East Asia. Japan first appears in written history in 57 AD, in China's Book of Later Han, as "the people of Wa, formed from more than one hundred tribes." In the 3rd century, according to China's Book of Wei, the most powerful kingdom in Japan was called Yamataikoku. Japan in the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,which together killed about mostly civilians. Japan has 47 prefectures. Each has an elected governor and legislature, and an administrative bureaucracy. While there exist eight commonly defined regions of Japan, the prefecture is the largest administrative subdivision. Japan, a country of islands, extends along the eastern or Pacific coast of Asia. The main islands, running from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Naha in the Ryukyu archipelago is over 600 kilometers to the southwest of Kyushu. In addition, about 3,000 smaller islands may be counted in the full extent of the archipelago. Japan's official language is Japanese (Nihongo). Mount Fuji 3776 meters high which is the highest mountain in Japan and is it the iconic snow-topped volcano. Mt. Fuji has five lakes around Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Sai, Lake Motosu and Lake Shoji. They, and nearby Lake Ashi, provide excellent views of the mountain. SGI practice Soka Gakkai's particular form of Nichiren Buddhism. Butsudan Buddhist altar Nichiren taught that by chanting "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" to the Gohonzon. SGI practitioners call this process a "human revolution."
Nichiren Buddhism Butsudan Soka Gakkai SGI the Buddhist altar shop
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