6B 1/5 Geography of Japan!

Moving on from the last geography blog, today we will be looking at the geography of Japan; specifically, we will be looking at the human and physical attributes of the country.

Task 1

Your first task for today is to watch the video below and to use what you learn to answer the following question. In geography, what is the difference between a human and physical feature? Write your explanation in the comments

Task 2

Read through the information given below. Follow this by reading the selection of statements given; use the text to decide whether the statements are true or false, or to answers the questions.

Select at least 2 cards; please write the statements and the evidence you have found to support your answer. It would be great if you could use these to create PEE Paragraphs.

Japan’s islands are the exposed parts of mountain chains that rise abruptly from the ocean floor. Some rise from extreme depths—to the east, the Japan Trench plunges to nearly 28,000 feet (8,500 m) below sea level, the Kuril Trench to more than 32,000 feet (10,000m).

About four-fifths of Japan is either hilly or mountainous. Several hundred peaks rise more than 6,500 feet (2,000 m) above sea level. In central Honshu, especially in what are sometimes called the Japanese Alps, numerous peaks crest between 8,000 and 10,500 feet (2,400 and 3,200 m). Fujiyama, a 12,389-foot (3,776-m) volcanic cone southwest of Tokyo, is the country’s highest mountain.

Plains and relatively flat areas account for about a fifth of Japan’s total area and occur mainly along the coast. Except for the Kanto Plain, on which Tokyo is situated, all are comparatively small. They are, however, of great significance as centers of farming, manufacturing, and population.

Japan lies in a volcanic, earthquake-prone belt called the Ring of Fire, which fringes most of the Pacific basin. About 50 of Japan’s 192 volcanoes are classed as active although few erupt. Earthquakes are frequent; most, however, are only minor tremors that do little or no damage. A notable exception was the earthquake of 1923 that devastated Tokyo and Yokohama, killing 100,000 people.

The rivers of Japan are generally short and swift. The longest is the Shinano, some 230 miles (370 km) in length. Many of the rivers are used for hydroelectric power and to irrigate lowland rice fields. Navigation is of no importance except in the mouths of some of the rivers. Floods, especially those caused by torrential typhoon rains, sometimes cause widespread damage and many deaths.

Virtually all the lakes of Japan are small. The largest is Biwa Lake, covering some 265 square miles (686 km 2 ) on Honshu. Hot springs, associated with underground volcanic activity, are numerous.

Japan has some 16,000 miles (26,000 km) of coastline. Much of the coast is rocky and deeply indented by bays and inlets. The Inland Sea, between Honshu, Shikoku. and Kyushu, is a scenic and generally placid arm of the Pacific, dotted by hundreds of islands

Challenge: can you sort the statements into human or physical features. Create two lists.

5 thoughts on “6B 1/5 Geography of Japan!

  1. This azan my sister vanneza I accidentally forgot to log out of her account so my comment on her account as well .
    The difference physical feature and a human feature is that a human feature is that they can communicate by talking and physical feature can not communicate and physical feature sometimes involves movement. And humans need physical feature to
    walk, talk,look,communicate.
    Task 2:
    6th one is correct because a regular lake is is 100-150 acres long.
    2and is correct because 73 percent of Japan is mountainous.
    Is it alright? Please help.

  2. The difference physical feature and a human feature is that a human feature is that they can communicate by talking and physical feature can not communicate and physical feature sometimes involves movement. And humans need physical feature to
    walk, talk,look,communicate.
    Task 2:
    6th one is correct because a regular lake is is 100-150 acres long.
    2and is correct because 73 percent of Japan is mountainous.

  3. Task 1
    The difference between a human and physical feature is that a human feature is created by humans and is not natural e.g canals, buildings, cars ,houses etc whereas physical features are natural and aren’t built by humans instead they are natural e.g mountains, rivers, fields etc.

    Task 2
    True or false?Japan is a constitutional monarchy like Britain which means it has a King.

    Japan is a constitutional monarchy therefore (like Britain) it has a leader however it is not a king or queen but instead it has a emperor (sort of like China hundreds of years ago)

    Yes,Japan does border the ring of fire* on the west coast.

    *not the belt of fire

  4. Task 1
    In geography, what is the difference between a human and physical feature?
    In geography physical features are naturally-created features of the earth. Physical features consist of rivers ,forests , landforms, climate, soils, and hydrology. In comparison, human features of a place come from human ideas and actions.Human characteristics of place include land use, population, language patterns, religion, architecture, and political systems.

    Task 2
    True. There are 192 volcanoes across Japan. I know this because in the text it mentions that ‘About 50 of the 192 volcanoes in Japan are classes as active…’ .This is giving a fraction in words. There is a total of 192 volcanoes, and around 50 of the 192 volcanoes are active.

    True. Japan is a constitutional monarchy like Britain,which means it has a King.The Government of Japan is a constitutional monarchy in which the power of the King is limited and is mainly used to do ceremonial duties. The person who leads the government is the Prime Minister.

    Challenge:
    Human Features:
    What is the name of Japan’s capital city? Tokyo
    Japan is a constitutional monarchy like Britain which means it has a King.
    About 4/5 of of Japan of hilly or mountainous and cities are located around the coast.

    Physical Features
    There are 192 volcanoes across Japan.
    The longest river in Japan is the Shinano River which is about 230miles long,name the ocean bordering Japan on the East coast. Pacific Ocean.
    The mountains in Japan are known as the Japanese Alp – What is the name of the most famous active volcano on Honshu? Asama volcano
    Japan is made up of 1/5 flat land,known as the Kanto Plain – Name three land sources of the Kanto Plain. Farming, manufacturing, and population.
    Japan borders the Pacific belt of fire.

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