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Yayoi period

archaeological culture

The Yayoi period (弥生時代, Yayoi jidai) is a time in the history of Japan which is traditionally dated 300 BC to 300 AD.[1]


Early evidence of Yayoi culture is found on the island of Kyūshū. Over time, it spread to the island of Honshū.[2]

Iron and bronze were first used in Japan at about the same time. Iron was used for tools and weapons. Bronze was used for ritual objects such as mirrors, daggers and spears.[3]

The Yayoi tools included as axes and hoes for agriculture etc., but also weapons such as arrowheads and swords.[4]


  1. Ancient Cultures, Library of Congress Country Studies, Japan.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Yayoi" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 1051-1052.
  3. British Museum, Dhoko (ritual spear blade) retrieved 2012-2-13.
  4. "Neolithic Japan - Yayoi period (c. 250 BC-c. AD 250) - Japanese History Online". 2004 [last update]. Retrieved 13 February 2012. Check date values in: |year= (help)

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