How the Early Japanese Dealt with China (in the Yayoi Period) | History of Japan 6



People in Japan during the Yayoi Period often made contact with the Chinese court (the Han and Wei dynasties). They sent numerous diplomatic missions to China, and received invaluable gifts in return.

China saw the various Yayoi kingdoms as tributary states, which had to pay homage to the emperor. However, it was a loose relationship where the Yayoi had full autonomy over their affairs. Trade was done in a special way to work around the fact that the Chinese considered themselves above everyone else.

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