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Time Compass

Ancient Japan (#114)

Against a background of mountain islands rising out of the sea, this propgram tells of the achievements of the Ancient Japanese Empire and how the Chinese influenced the First Great Warrior to develop a religion that stressed harmony and balance, how he merged clans into a relatively peaceful empire, and how the Shoguns expanded and defended the empire according to Samurai traditions. Meanwhile, Japanese arts flourished in the isolation enforced by the Japanese emperor, Tokugawa Leyasu. The episode closes with Commodore Perry’s visit to Japan, which forced the Japanese Empire to recognize and embrace the developments of the Industrial Revolution. [19 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Based on a series of books, the Time Compass uses innovative and stylized animation to portray significant historical events and transport the viewer through time to ancient civilizations from around the world. From simple inventions to influencing our modern government, these societies have shaped the way we live today.

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