Basics about the Japanese people

  • The most popular theory is that they were the people who brought wet rice cultivation to Japan from the Korean peninsula and Jiangnan, near the Yangtze River Delta in ancient China. This is supported by genetic and archeological researches and bones found in modern southeastern China.
  • The other theory is that Yayoi originated near the Liaoning area and got there into contact with northern Asian languages and people. There they adopted certain vocabulary related to spindle waving (which are also found in Koreanic and Tungusic). (The areal family Altaic, recently called Transeurasian, is because of language contact and long-term contact in this area.)
  • Chapter 37 of the Samguk sagi (compiled in 1145) contains a list of pronunciations and meanings of placenames in the former kingdom of Goguryeo. As the pronunciations are given using Chinese characters, they are difficult to interpret, but several of those from central Korea, in the area south of the Han River captured from Baekje in the 5th century, seem to correspond to Japonic words but not Korean ones.
  • The Silla placenames, listed in Chapter 34 of the Samguk sagi, are not glossed, but many of them can be explained as Japonic words.
  • A word, explicitly attributed to the language of the Gaya confederacy, in Chapter 44 of the Samguk sagi, is a word for ‘gate’ and appears in a similar form to the Old Japanese word to2, with the same meaning, but is absent in Koreanic.
  • The original name of the kingdom of Tamna on Jeju Island, tammura, may have a Japonic etymology: tani mura ‘valley settlement’ or tami mura ‘people’s settlement’.

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Saito Takashi

Saito Takashi

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Hello, I am Saito Takashi and I am very interested in history and genetics, related to Japanese as well as Shinto religion and folk religion of all human.