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archipelago
a group or chain of islands
tsunami
Japanese term used for a huge sea wave caused by an undersea earthquake
loess
fine, yellowish-brown topsoil made up of particles of silt and clay, usually carried by the wind
typhoon
a hurricane, or violent tropical storm, that forms in the Pacific Ocean, usually in late summer
homogeneous
describing a group of people or things that are very like one another
megalopolis
a "super-city" that is made up of several large cities and the smaller cities are near them
culture hearth
a center where cultures developed and frmo which ideas and traditions spread outward
dynasty
a ruling house or continuing family of rulers, especially in China
clan
tribal community or large group of people related to one another
shogun
in medieval Japan, a military ruler of the country
samuri
in medieval Japan, a class of professional soldiers who lived by a strict code of personal honor and loyalty to a noble
ideogram
a pictorial character or symbol that has a specific meaning or stands for a syllable
shamanism
belief in a leader who can communicate with spirits
calligraphy
the art of beautiful and decorative handwriting
haiku
form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables, often about nature
commune
in China, a collective farming community whose members were supposed to share work and products
cooperative
a voluntary organization whose members work together and share the expenses and profits from their enterprise; also called "co-op"
trading partner
a country that buys from or sells to another country
merchant marine
a country's fleet of ships that engage in commerce or trade
acid rain
precipitation carrying large amounts of dissolved acids
cholorofluorocarbon
chemical substance, found mainly in liquid coolants, that damages the earth's protective ozone layer