Lead: Through the indigenous Shinto religion delivered orally and then in written form after the 8th century, the Japanese are closely tied to their ancestral roots.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The earliest records of Japanese history were written in the eighth century. The Kojiki or Records of Ancient Matters along with the Nihongi or Chronicles of Japan were ordered to be compiled by the imperial court and were written in Chinese. Besides written language, the Chinese introduced new forms of art and literature as well as Buddhist and Confucian theologies.

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