Xu Fu was sent by Chin Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di to Penglai Mountain (Mount Fuji) in 219 BC to retrieve an elixir of life. Xu could not find any elixir of life and was reluctant to return to China as he would be sentenced to death, Xu instead stayed in Japan. His two journeys took place between 219 BC and 210 BC. It was believed that the fleet included 60 barques and around 5,000 crew members, 3,000 boys and girls. They lived in Fukuoka (The Hillls of Fu) named after him. The Jōmon (Ainu/Ryukyuan) culture which had existed in ancient Japan for over 6,000 years suddenly disappeared around 300 BC. The farming techniques and knowledge that Xu brought along are said to have improved the quality of life of the ancient Japanese people and he is said to have introduced many new plants and techniques to ancient Japan. To these achievements is attributed the worship of Xu Fu as the “God of farming”, “God of medicine” and “God of silk” by the Japanese. Numerous temples and memorials of Xu can be found in many places in Japan. — Goh Joon Kim
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Heroes - The Tank man
(I’m guessing this is a clip from the Tiananman Square protests of 1989.)
The Qin Dynasty—China’s First Dynasty
The Han Dynasty-China’s First Golden Age