WORLD GEO WRAP-UP - MEDIEVAL EUROPE & JAPAN (PUSH FACTORS (MEDIEVAL…
WORLD GEO WRAP-UP - MEDIEVAL EUROPE & JAPAN
Another push factor are all of the wars Europe had. There would be so many wars that one of the reasons Medieval Europe died was because they lost too many soldiers from all of the wars that were taking place. There was four crusades, the 100 year war and the Holy war that let to the death of the civilization.
The last push factor in Europe is when Pope Gregory VII excommunicated King Henry IV. They were fighting for such a long time that I could see that the bystanders (aka the people that live there) wouldn't want to be in the area. Eventually, the fighting stopped when the pope banned King Henry from the Church and King Henry came back to pope and begged him for forgiveness. Pope accepted his apology but things were never the same after that.
One push factor from Europe was the black death. The scientific name for the black death is the "bubonic plague", but the Europeans called it the black death since you'd get black spots if you were infected and a few days later you would die. Some of the symptoms are high fever, abdominal pain and sneezing. Fun Fact: The children's song "ring around the rosie" is about the Black Death. About 1/3 of Europe's population were infected and died from the deadly disease. That's 25 million people that were killed.
Another push factor is overpopulation. Japan is a little smaller than California but the population is tripled the amount of people that live their than California. Japan's population has about 126.8 million people while California has 39.56 million people here. That makes Japan really crowded and I could see people not visit because of that issue.
The last push factor of Japan is that it's so small. Like I said before, it's about the size of California just a tad bit smaller and there's so much city that there's less nature than there was say 100 years ago. Eventually, there won't be anymore nature left on the land and it'll just be city, which isn't normal for Japan. Japan is known for it's beautiful nature and Sakura trees.
One push factor in Japan was all the natural disasters they had. They had earthquakes, tsunami's and lots of storms. Sometimes their natural disasters can actually help them, such as the time when the Mongol's invaded China and they tried to invade Japan too. Luckily, a bad storm actually killed all the Mongols that tried to invade Japan before they could actually reach Japan.
Another pull factor is their Churches. There were many Catholic Churches in Medieval Europe. The churches had such a big impact on europe. The people would get married there and even get buried at the church. There was also many stained glass windows that are really beautiful so the people could read the story since people couldn't read back then (unless you were a monk).
The last pull factor of Europe was their culture (very similar to Japan). That's where they had knights dressed from head to toe in metal amour. They carried swords and crossbows. The kings and queens that came from medieval Europe are also pretty famous as well such as King Henry I, William the Conqueror and Queen Matilda.
One pull factor of Medieval Europe is the old castles. Some of those castles are still standing to this very day. One castle that is still standing is called the Portchester Castle. These castles can be a big attraction for many tourists.
Another pull factor is their culture. Many people admire the Japanese culture and some are even obsessed. Lot's of people love their food as well such as the bento boxes or their world famous dish called "sushi". Their culture is very beautiful and I love it as well.
The last pull factor of Japan is all their famous artwork. One famous piece is called the Great Wave off Kanagawa. It's really famous world wide. Another famous painting is called the Genji Monogatari Emaki. These famous artworks can really draw people to visit Japan.
One pull factor of Japan is it's nature and sights. There are many beautiful forests and if you come in the right season (which sadly passed a few weeks ago) you can see the cherry blossom trees bloom. The samurai actually wanted to die gracefully, like a petal of the cherry blossom tree falling off the tree and landing into water.
I would say that the form of connections nowadays that can relate to Medieval Europe are video games. I've ran into quite a few video games that have traditional knights in them as a character. I've also seen my brother when he was younger play with old medieval knights as smaller action figures. He still has them to this day.
One connection that Europe has with Japan is their own form of the "knight or samurai code". In Japan their way of the warrior is called "Bushido", but in Europe it's called "Chivalry". Both are very similar when broken down into. They both have to act very fierce and never back down from a challenge.
This civilization has impacted the world greatly. If Europe hadn't spread Christianity, it wouldn't have ended up in the USA or other countries as well. The king who converted to believing in god had the biggest impact on the spread of Christianity. He spread it all over the place and actually made some people convert if they haven't already.
Like Europe, the Samurai is an icon all over the world. I have seen many movies and documentaries that have the samurai in it whether it's in a Lego movie or a documentary about the life of a samurai. I've actually watched a documentary about the samurai a few weeks ago.
One connection Japan has with Medieval Europe is how similar the knights are with the samurai. The samurai and the knight have their differences such as their amour choices and their weapon choices, though they both carry swords and bows. Just different types of the weapons.
Japan has also impacted the modern time greatly. Their food is very popular world wide. There's even a little Tokyo place in Los Angeles dedicated to Japan. They have lot's of Japanese things there and it's actually pretty cool. The USA admires Japanese culture greatly and so do other countries as well.
What we can learn
We can learn to not start so many wars over little things.
We can also learn to stay away from any rats you see and not eat or drink the same stuff that the rats did.
What we can learn
We could learn to try and not live near volcanoes and not to even mess with the volcanoes.
We can also learn to preserve the natural beauty japan has and not cover all the land with cities
Japan should also try and fix their problem of overpopulation since that's a serious issue there right now.