We’ll end off the Overview of Paleolithic Japan with notes on the possible political events of the time, relations with the outside world, and other significant events.

By now, some of you would have noticed that I used proverbs, translated from Japanese into English, for my headings. They are relevant to the themes and I thought it would be nice to try a new style. Mainstream headings are over.


“He who steals money is put in jail. He who seizes a kingdom is called proclaimed Emperor.” [Politics]

There is insufficient evidence to discuss, investigate, or conclude anything about the political affairs of Paleolithic Japan. What is evident is that people were moving in and simply occupying the space and setting up campsites all over. The people were vastly settlers moving from point to point. In terms of leadership, all the camps were mainly led by chieftains and heads of the tribes. It was a period where there was little need to fight over land or resources, nor was there any governance needed yet. It doesn’t rule out the opportunity for it.

I’ll be exploring the transition period between Paleolithic to Jomon Period in a later article. The transition period is known as the Mesolithic Period.

“Even Earth has to vent its anger some time.” – Laughing Samurai’s Own Proverb [Events]

The only event recorded to date is the volcanic eruption that occurred around 24,000 years ago in the Kyushu region. This volcanic area is currently known as the Aira Caldera. A caldera is a large cauldron-like depression that forms following the evacuation of a magma chamber/reservoir. If any of you had the initiative to watch Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), you would have seen this during the “musubi” scene”. Let me show you what a caldera looks like (look below).

Scene from the Movie “Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)” [YouTube]
Aogashima (Pinterest)

In fact, the term the word caldera actually means “cooking pot” or “cauldron”. So you can picture it as a cauldron shape structure. Hey! This is an article on history of Japan not geography. Go google it yourself.

Aira Caldera (Wikipedia)

Here is a fun fact, related to Japan and calderas: Kagoshima and Sakurajima (a volcano) lie within the Aiza Caldera. The irony is that Sakurajima actually means Cherry Blossoms Island (making it sound very beautiful) but Sakurajima is still an active volcano.

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Sakurajima (Today) [Wikipedia]

“A frog in a well does not know the great ocean” / 井の中の蛙大海を知らず [Relations with the Foreigners]

There is not much evidence to conclude on the settlers’ relations with civilizations outside of Japan, other than the fact that people from the outside world moved in. This was really the beginning of Japanese civilization in Japan. From here, we will begin finding out what cool stuff the migrants brought into the Japanese archipelago and what new things they invented or innovated after settling in.


More to Come…

  1. Dentition and the Japanese people
  2. White Chromosomes and the Japanese people
  3. The Ainu Tribe
  4. Minatogawa Man
  5. Yamashita Dojin
  6. Tadahiro Aizawa
  7. Ryukyu