HIS 112
Optional Japan Paragraph Assignment


Well, when most people think of Japanese history, they think of the samurai, and those warriors were around for a long time as part of Japanese society.  Pictured here are some samurai sword (katana) examples from the Tokyo Sword Museum.  Making the sword was a very involved and expensive process, beginning with the jewel-quality steel which took days to make in a special hearth.  The sword is actually a blend of two kinds of carbon steel which required days of work by a swordsmith to hammer it into shape, removing impurities in the process.  Then the blade had to be curved, polished and decorated.  You can still buy them.  Photo credit technicolorcavalry.

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Read the decrees on the Seclusion of Japan (along with the document background information and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from the decrees on the Seclusion of Japan (not from the textbook), explain some of the key points and rationale behind the exclusionary decrees?
Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).

Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Optional Japan Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.



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