6R 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.

23 thoughts on “6R 1/5 Geography of Japan!

  1. The difference between a human and physical feature is that a human feature was created by a human and a physical feature is natural and was already there.
    Task 2:
    1-True
    2-True
    3-True volcano
    4-True

  2. In geography, what is the difference between a human and physical feature?
    A human feature is a feature that is created by a human and if humans were not alive then it wouldn’t exist. E.x houses, roads. Whereas, a physical feature is a feature that is created by nature. E.x cliffs, valleys, rivers.

  3. Task 1:
    What is the difference between human and physical features?

    The difference between human and physical features is that physical features were formed by nature, and human features were made by humans.

    Task 2:

    1). True.
    2). True.
    3). True.
    4). True.

  4. Task 1
    The difference between a physical and human environment.The human feature is made by a human and the physical feature is already there on land.

  5. The difference between a human and physical feature is that a human feature was created by a human and a physical feature is natural and was already there.
    Task 2:
    1-True
    2-True
    3-True volcano
    4-True T

  6. Task 1:
    The difference between a human and physical feature is that a human feature was created by a human and a physical feature is natural and was already there.
    Task 2:
    1) There are 192 volcanoes 🌋 across Japan.
    TRUE—this is because in the text it says ‘About 50 of Japan’s 192 volcanoes are classed as active although few erupt.’
    2)The longest river is shinano river, which is about 230 miles long.
    The river which is 230 miles long
    True- This is because in the text it tells you most rivers are short but the longest one as it sits at 230 miles.

  7. In geography the difference between a physical and human feature is that a physical feature was formed naturally but a human feature was built so it is unnatural.

    1.) This is true. This is because The Ring of Fire fringes most of the Pacific basin. About 50 of Japan’s 192 volcanoes are active and there are also slight tremors as earthquakes happen frequently but in 1923 an earthquake took the lives of 100,000 people in Tokyo and Yokohama. This would not have happened if Japan was not near tectonic plates. When tectonic plates collide 1 part goes under and the other goes above so they form a mountain. A volcano is a type of mountain, this is why Japan is in the ring of fire.

    2.) Mount Fuji is the name of the most famous active volcano on Honshu. It is located on Honshu about 100 kilometres to the southwest of Tokyo. It is the tallest volcano in Japan at 3776 metres above sea level. It is the second highest volcano in Asia and the seventh highest volcano worldwide. It is considered as the third most sacred volcano in Japan after Mount Tate and Mount Haku.

  8. Task 1:
    The difference between a human and physical feature is that a human feature was created by a human and a physical feature is natural and was already there.
    Task 2:
    1-True
    2-True
    3-True volcano
    4-True T

  9. Task 1

    Phsical feature is something that is natural so like rivers, mountains ,beaches and many more. A man made feature is something that has been created by a human such as buildings, piers, road and many more. The difference is one has been created before men existed and one was not built naturally.

    Task 2
    The 192 volcanoes in the country.

    TRUE-I know this because in the text it says that 50 out of the 192 volcanoes are active so this would mean that there are 192 volcanoes in Japan.

    The river which is 230 miles long

    True- This is because in the text it tells you most rivers are short but the longest one as it sits at 230 miles and in comparison it is 370 km

    • Well done – great explanations of your answers too! Having read this, what are the key geographical differences between the UK and Japan?

  10. Task 1
    Human features are man-made such as buildings and bridges.
    Physical features are natural features that have not been created by humans. The difference is that a man-made feature might be more advanced than a physical feature.
    Task 2
    Japan borders the pacific belt of fire.
    True

  11. Task 1:
    The difference between a human and physical feature is that a human feature was created by a human and a physical feature is natural and was already there.
    Task 2:
    1-True
    2-True
    3-True The most active volcano in Honshu is called the Asama volcano
    4-True T

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