Familial Japan and The Native Tradition 
During the Familial Period, three distinct cultural styles developed in the Japanese islands: Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun.  

Analyzing artifacts from this time enables archeologists to identify a number of characteristic aspects of traditional Japanese civilization existing long before the dawn of history.  

Later mythological records add more information about the culture of the Familial Period and the nature of the developing "Native Tradition", a set of cultural norms at the root of many subsequent Japanese cultural developments. 

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