Detail of japanese decoration of a dragon in silver

Japan

Much of Japan’s early culture was imported via Korea from the great civilisation of the Tang dynasty of China (AD 608-907). Chinese characters, which are the basis of written Japanese, and a great deal of the social structure were imported.

All the armour and weaponry associated with the medieval Samurai have their origins on mainland Asia at this time.


Did you know?

Fit for the King

The White Tower wasn’t just for intimidating or imprisoning enemies, it was also a royal residence. There was a chapel, latrines, and 4 fireplaces. The fireplaces actually pre-date the introduction of chimney stacks, and are among the oldest in England.