Before becoming the industrial giant it is today, Japan was, for centuries, isolated from the outside world. From the 10th to the early 19th century Japan was governed by powerful territorial lords (also known as shōgun) who ruled most of Japan from their headquarters in Edo (present-day Tokyo).
From ancient tea ceremonies "steeped" in tradition to the wood-block prints seen today in museums around the world to the famous samurai warriors, a vast amount of history and culture have come from this small island nation.

The four main islands making up the archipelago of Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu are 80% mountainous.  Traditional Japanese woodcuts used for print-making frequently depict the beautiful mountains of Japan.

Artist Yan Nascimbene was awarded the Gold Medal in the Book category at the 50th Annual Exhibition (2007) of the Society of Illustrators for his work on Yuki.

"Yuki, come at once," Mother says. "Your father has been called to Edo by the noble shogun who watches over our country. We must prepare for a long journey. Take all you need. One thousand men go with us to carry our baskets and chests."

I do not want to go, but it would be disrespectful to say so.

My honorable teacher throws up her hands. "Such a journey will take many weeks. What of your lessons? Each day you must write a haiku. And Yuki, do not forget me."

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