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Japan At War



Japan wages war;
Winds bring clouds, lullabying
Mt. Fuji to sleep.

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Japanese political revolution ended the Edo period (1603-1867), which ended Japanese isolation from the world. Japan entered a course of modernization, nationalism, and militarism which eventually led to expansion, military occupation and colonization of southeastern Asian countries (Korea, Taiwan) and several South Pacific Islands. In 1931, Japan invaded Manchuria, resulting in Japan leaving the League of Nations in 1933 because the Empire of Japan rejected the League of Nations Commission’s findings that recommended Manchuria become a state under Chinese jurisdiction. Then, in 1937, Japan attacked China (the Second Sino-Japanese War), which lasted until the end of World War 2. On September 22, 1940, the Empire of Japan (1868-1947) entered World War 2 with the invasion of French Indochina and five days later, on September 27, 1940, signed the “Tripartite Pact” with Germany and Italy. On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii Territory. The season associated with the woodblock print (Red Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai) is between late summer and early autumn, when Mt. Fuji appears to take on a reddish hue. This phenomenon occurs because of the combination of sunlight, warmer weather, and melting snow on the mountain top, and the reflection of red light due to the clear sky and mid-level lying altostratus clouds. 

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Written on March 05, 2022

Submitted by Dennis_Spilchuk on March 06, 2022

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