The Jomon civilization of ancient Japan that began about 15,000 years ago and lasted for around 10,000 years was a culture of hunter-gatherers who lived in harmony with nature. In recognition of its importance in human history, a set of Jomon sites in Hokkaido and northern Tohoku was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2021. Artifacts at the Sannai-Maruyama site show a society that valued nature and cared for its weaker members, offering us hints on how to solve our current environmental, food, and welfare issues. Jomon art, especially its pottery, has inspired many modern artists, notably OKAMOTO Taro.
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