Definition of Yayoi in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːjɔɪ


[usually as modifier] Archaeology
  • A Japanese culture following the Jomon period and dated to circa 300 bc- ad 300. It was marked by the introduction of rice cultivation, and the appearance of large burial mounds has suggested the emergence of an increasingly powerful ruling class.
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    • The presence of both Jomon and Yayoi cultures contributed depth and complexity to the Ise complex.
    • In this new publication, Tange expanded on themes that he had already begun to explore in the earlier writings on Jomon and Yayoi.
    • These immigrants, the Yayoi, were agriculturalists whose physical traits differed markedly from the Jomon.


early 20th century: Japanese, the name of a street in Tokyo where its characteristic pottery (chiefly wheel-made) was first discovered.

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