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The village/country/continent in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy world which has inexplicably (and suspiciously) [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fashioned]] itself off JidaiGeki. Filled with {{youkai}}, {{ninja}} and/or samurai, this is where katanas, oni, kitsune, pagodas and sushi all pour out into the rest of the world.

These places are frequently [[AnachronismStew a mashup of various Japanese eras]], maybe flavored with a little bit of China, and -- in a nod to real history -- are usually [[HiddenElfVillage xenophobic]]. The background music will be stereotypical Asian instruments, if not a public domain tune.

This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that most console RPG publishers are Japanese. However, such a place may not stand out so much if the setting includes other non-European Fantasy Counterpart Cultures. KatanasAreJustBetter, EverythingsBetterWithSamurai, and InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja are related phenomena. See also JidaiGeki and FarEast.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': The country of Xing is ''very'' China-esque, as opposed to Amestris, which feels a lot more like NoSwastikas Nazi Germany. It's a totally different country, and across a vast desert, so the differences are {{justified|Trope}}.
* ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'': Japoness.
* There is an island in ''OnePiece'' somewhere in the extremely dangerous stretch of ocean known as the New World that's themed on feudal Japan. It's even called "Wa no kuni" (or Wano country in some translations), which was a name given to Japan.
** There's also Amazon Lily, which is clearly based off ancient China, and shares similarities with [[JungleJapes Jungle Japes.]]
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[[folder:Game Books]]
* ''Literature/TheFabledLands'' had Akatsurai, based on Japan at around the time of the Meiji Restoration.
* ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' has Hachiman (medieval Japan) and the Isles of the Dawn (China-like).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' The Yamani Islands, first introduced into the Literature/TortallUniverse in this quartet. Apart from the magic aspects of the setting, there's not much difference between them and feudal Japan.
* The Agatean Empire in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The sourcebook ''Oriental Adventures'' details Asiatic lands further, with their own races, classes, and politics. It even presents ''{{Rokugan}}'' (originally a standalone game) as a D&D setting featuring nothing but this. The trope is played straight if one is playing ''{{Spelljammer}}'' and feels like visiting the ''Rokugan'' world.
** ''ForgottenRealms'': The original 1st edition of Kara-Tur had Kozakura representing Sengoku/Warring States-era Japan, and Wa representing Tokugawa/Bakufu-era Japan.
** ''{{Eberron}}'' has Sarlona, although that one's more like North Korea than China or Japan. Adar greatly resembles Tibet, too.
* The {{GURPS}} Sourcebook ''{{GURPS}} Banestorm'' includes, amongst its many pseudo-European and pseudo-Arabian nations, the nation of Sahud, a definitely Japanese-inspired kingdom with strong Chinese, Korean, and Mongolian elements. This is justified in that, like all of Banestorm's human cultures, Sahud was founded by humans [[MassTeleportation from the very cultures it represents]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': The iconic setting, Golarion, has its own version in the form of the continent Tian Xia.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a pseudo-example in the plane of Kamigawa.
** A better example is the Empire of Madara on the plane of Dominaria.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the [[TheGreys Tau]] are this to the [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]]. The Tau borrow heavily from Japanese, Chinese, and even some Indian culture mixed in with {{Animesque}} MiniMecha, while the Imperium is pretty much all the worst from NaziGermany, TheBritishEmpire, [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn The Soviet Union]], and Inquisitorial-era Spain wrapped up in one big galaxy-spanning package. [[BlackAndGrayMorality Not that the Tau are much better, mind you]].
** Before this, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] came across as very oriental. Their Aspect Warriors train in temples to combat styles named after animals, and if that isn't enough, maybe the curved swords, shuriken guns and back banners might do it for you. They also view the western-stylized humans of the setting as hairy barbarian upstarts, and isolate themselves on their planetoid-sized colony ships. However, since the introduction of the Tau, they've moved away from the Asian theme somewhat, with more influences from [[CelticMythology Celtic mythology and culture]] being thrown in along with good old [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien-esque]] Elfish-ness.
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' have an inversion of this trope: The Unicorn Clan. They started as Kirin clan, went to the European equivalent of this world (long story), and then return significantly changed. For starter, they are the only ones who can touch dead bodies without losing honor.
* ''BattleTech'' features two flavors of this. The first is the military dictatorship of the Draconis Combine who follow a Imperial Japanese style complete with Mechwarriors who follow Bushido, and have samurai themed mechs. The second is the Capellan Confederation who are more of an autocratic China.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Fantasy has Cathay and Nippon. Cathay is ancient China, it has its own great wall, ruled by an Emperor, and is called the Dragon Kingdom. It also features monks, Mongol hobgoblins, and the worship of Tzeentch is legal, if not as extreme as the Chaos Hordes. Nippon is Japan (Nippon is nihongo for Japan), an isolated island just east of Cathay which has samurai and ninja, which is where Clan Eshin learned to train skaven assassins.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': The infamous Wutai for which this [[TropeNamer trope is named]].
** Although, first there was Eblan in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. If you wanted to, you could argue that the nation of Fabul in the same game has parallels to China, as well.
* In ''1701 A.D.: The Sunken Dragon'' - the Asian empire features prominently.
* ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'' has the Dragon Clan and Serpent Clanm which are based off UsefulNotes/FeudalJapan. The Dragon Clan are more Samurai oriented, while the Serpent Clan are modern type, and use gunpowder more often.
* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' both have Yokai Isle, which is quite Japanese in general motif, but which also celebrates the Chinese New Year every so often.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'': Hesperia.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the unvisited mysterious Far East, which serves to mainly as a source of samurai and ninja for the game.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has Xiansai, where both Covetous Shen and the Wizard hail from, and is quite Chinese in general motif, but is never visited in-game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'': Zipangu, one of many {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s in the game.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': Akavir is a mishmash of Chinese (Ka Po' Tun), Japanese (Tsaesci), and less prominent Indian (Tang Mo) and Mongol (Kamal) {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s. Of course, these lands have never been represented in an actual game so far, and exist in the lore pretty much to justify the appearance of [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana and tanto]] in the weapon list.
** This is more justified than in many western fantasy settings, as the provinces of Tamriel do draw on very different cultural backgrounds for inspiration. Whilst Cyrodiil and High Rock are typical medieval fantasy settings (High Rock being more British and Cyrodiil being more Roman), Hammerfell is grounded in ArabianNightsDays, and Skyrim has a similar (but distinct) Norse theme, Morrowind had a setting radically different to most western medieval settings, and the other provinces which have not been shown in games are shown to have very different cultures.
* ''VideoGame/EnchantedArms'' has a city that is in fact called Kyoto City (one of three cities named after real life counterparts) full of samurais, ninjas, a shogun, and Oriental-esque music.
** Doma from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', although [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Cyan]] is the only representative from that culture that the player sees during the game, considering the rest of the city gets wiped out in his introductory cutscene.
* ''GaiaOnline'' has the Zen Gardens, a Japanese Botanical Garden filled with Sakura Trees, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou animated japanese decor]], and an adorable {{Miko}}. Oh, and Ninjas.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series:
** The village of Izumo. Every single village/town/city is based on some culture from around the world, as is every landmark, if you look into it enough.
** The sequel, ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', has the China-like countries of Kaocho and Sana and the Japan-like village of Yamata (which is part of the island chain of Nihan, itself named after the Japanese name for Japan, Nihon, and vaguely shaped like Japan as well).
* ''GuildWars'' The first expansion takes place in Cantha, specifically designed by the game's American producers as a blend of ancient China, Japan, India, Thailand, and virtually everything else from southern and eastern Asia, from landscape to culture to art design, and it works magnificently and believably, given that it's its own distinct section of the world, separated from the conventionally European fantasy realms by a wide ocean.
* ''LittleBigPlanet'': The Islands.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Fahren, which has Chinese aesthetics and ninja. Fuu specifically muses on how it seems to be a combination of Japan and China, much to its princess' irritation.
* In ''MegaManBattleNetwork'', Electopia is basically modern Japan. We meet its Wutai area, End City, in game 5.
* ''VideoGame/MushroomMen'': Shiitake Town . Technically, it's found in the same, [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield vaguely-located town]] of Meteor Falls as the rest of the game, but it's where the ninja-like Shiitake Warriors live. Oh, and it's made out of [[MouseWorld old sushi boxes.]]
* ''{{Neopets}}'' has one, Shenkuu.
* ''{{Painkiller}} Overdose'': The second level, Japanese Massacre, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Though it (like most nations) went unnamed, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' had a country on the homeworld of Coral that was this. It was the source of the [[KatanasAreJustBetter legendary katanas]]--Sange, Yasha, Kamui and Agito.
* Although they were sardonically referred to by many players as "SpaceElves," the Newmans of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' were actually this. One of several races created by humans, the genetically engineered Newmans eventually founded their own society on the planet Neudaiz. Everything about ''PSU'' Newmans is like an idealized aspect of Japan--they are responsible for almost all of the Asian or Japanese-flavored cultural artifacts in ''Universe'', and their language is Japanese (though written in Romaji using an alphabet that resembles Japanese characters).
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' introduces Planet Harukotan in Episode 3, which has a planet-wide civilization resembling feudal Japan. The dominant race on this planet resemble Japanese oni demons.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''/''Crystal''/''[=HeartGold=]''/''[=SoulSilver=]'': Violet and Ecruteak Cities, specifically based on Nara and Kyoto respectively. Both of the real life cities are former Japanese capitals and are known for their traditional architecture.
** It can be argued that all of the Pokemon world up until ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black & White]]'' are this to the rest of the planet, since they're direct geographical counterparts to various of Japan (or regions that have been part of Japan in the past, in the case of ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger''). ''Black & White'' was set in a region based off of Manhattan, making it the first American region. ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X & Y]]'''s region is based off of the entire country of France.
* ''RagnarokOnline'': A Korean MMORPG based on the manwha series ''Ragnarok'' (itself based on NorseMythology), has a very Japanese village called Amatsu. It has a few other cities patterned after other countries, too: Louyang (Mainland China), Kunlun (Taiwan), and Ayothaya (Thailand).
** The above-mentioned cities are considered "World Project" cities--none of them have any connection with the manwha RagnarokOnline is based upon. Rather, they're a sort of ShoutOut / FanService for specific nationalities which had a huge (and legit) RO player base. Originally a [[TheWildWest wild west-themed]] city was also planned to represent the United States, but was scrapped (the songs "Big Guys Love This" and "Antique Cowboy" were probably written for the town and its surrounding fields). Years later, a Russian-themed city was made in its place (Moscovia).
*** Einbroch kind of represents the Wild West, though it probably qualifies better as a tribute to steampunk culture in general.
** There is, however, a {{Wutai}} in the Ragnarok world, so to speak, which appeared in the original manwha and had major significance--Payon, which draws ''very'' heavily from Korean (and general Asian) culture in a world that's heavily flavored with Norse.
* ''The Rance universe''. JAPAN is the East Asian themed land. Of course, SengokuRance, appropriately enough, takes place in JAPAN.
* The ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series. There's apparently one ''somewhere'' in the world. We don't get to see it, but there's some characters that very obviously come from it, such as Yue from ''Rune Factory 2''. It's called "Yamato", according to Uzuki of ''RuneFactoryFrontier''.
* ''VideoGame/SaGa2'' (aka ''Franchise/FinalFantasy Legend II''): The Edo plane, complete with a black market in opium (bananas in the English version).
* ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier'': Kyo, home to the Mind Magic dojo and at least one OpiumDen. [[spoiler: It's more like a drug factory run by a minion of the BigBad]]
* ''[[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game]]'': Level 4 (after the part inside the bus).
* ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: From The New World]]'': {{Lampshaded}} when you visit McNinja Frank Goldfinger's home town in Brazil and find out that [[spoiler:it's a cheesy Japan-themed amusement park.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' adds one in the ''Bon Voyage'' ExpansionPack called Takemizu Village.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'': Yafutoma, one of many {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s, has elements of China (such as a wall resembling the Great Wall) as well as Japan.
** It has a large distinctive looking blue mountain and according to myth a "divine wind" saved the country from destruction.
* Although ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' loves its Asian settings, it didn't have a Japanese world until [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth game]], and in that case it was the feudal version. It's home to the ninja chef Rioichi Cooper, and the place is [[SceneryPorn gorgeous beyond]] [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome belief]]. Except it's also been taken over by a Fidel Castro {{expy}}.
* World 3 in ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]'' has a distinct Japanese motif. It even has Cherry Blossom Trees, Miko and a Pagoda
* In the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series:
** ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has the country of Chun-nan and its Dragon Road Zone, though with kung fu masters, shaolin temples, world-famous baozi, pandas, and even its own Great Wall, it seems to be specifically China rather than Japan.
** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' has Aquarium Park, which is closer to feudal Japan, with traditional architecture, koi, samurai, and, according to Dr. Eggman and Tails, specializes in serving sushi. This being Sonic, it cannot play completely straight; the twists are that this a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robot feudal Japan made of iron and steel in space]] that's [[UnderTheSea partially submerged underwater while still being fully inhabited]].
* Rainy Turtloid's stage from ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'' sets in a futuristic feudal Japan-based area.
* One NES game based on ''TheFlintstones'', ''The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy'', has the usual platform environments of jungles, ice, sea etc. but one level appears to be the prehistoric version of feudal Japan (huh?), complete with sakura trees, karateka and even {{Umbrella Ghost}}s. At the end Fred must fight a sumo fire-breathing [[DinosaursAreDragons dragon]] for no reason at all.
* ''StarControl'': The Shofixti are an entire race of fuzzy beings that resemble tanuki and present with many other Japanese stereotypes including plenty of {{Engrish}}. To top it off, they use [[FragileSpeedster weak-yet-fast ships]] and have a "Glory Device" that is used to kamikaze their ship as a last resort.
* ''{{Suikoden}}'': Rokkaku, a hidden ninja village that's oddly small even by RPG standards. Then again, they ''are'' ninjas, so maybe the player character only sees as much of the village as they want him to see.
** The series also has several other Japanese-looking and -sounding characters who explicitly have no connection to Rokkaku, with not even vague hints as to where they ''do'' come from. Some even live in the MedievalEuropeanFantasy towns, with no other residents finding anything odd about this.
** At least in the first two games, there are certain towns that have a decidedly eastern style of architecture, while others are more western. Seems like quite a big difference for cities within the same empire/nation.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' has World 4, the Chai Kingdom, with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkMZx8M8Bng music track]] that fits the theme and Pionpi enemies that resemble {{Chinese Vampire}}s.
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has the Sammer Guy kingdom, modeled after ancient Japan, complete with fitting music, falling cherry blossom leaves, pagodas, an emperor, and ninjas. The goal is to beat 100 Sammer Guys, one at a time, in succession, only being allowed to save after every 25. Of course, the first time you try, [[spoiler: the world is absorbed into nothingness after the 20th Sammer Guy.]]
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' has a world with levels that feature plenty of traditional Japanese architecture. The page image shows World 6-3 from this game, Hands-On Hall.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has Mizuho. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when one of the characters convinces the others that they'll be visiting TheThemeParkVersion of Feudal Japan, much to the irritation of the one character who's actually ''from'' there.
** There's also the hidden Ninja village of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia''. Note that this game is predominantly Norse in its mythology.
** They're also kind of strange about isolationism. Both are [[HiddenElfVillage Hidden Ninja Villages]] staying hidden to maintain their culture, but don't seem to mind outsiders coming in.
** Ashihara, the Japanese representant of the culture-mix that is ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''.
* The ''VideoGame/TengaiMakyou'' series is set in the land of Zipang, a sort of ancient Japan as seen through the interpretation of an apocryphal 19th-century Orientalist.
* ''{{Tomba}}'': The Hidden Village of {{ninja}}.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'''s Planet Avalice is described as an oriental world, and it shows in the planet's building architecture and use of Chinese alphabet.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'': Yamato.
* The ''{{Warcraft}}'' universe. The island nation of Pandaria, though it's based more on China than Japan. It's also the focus of the fourth expansion pack ''"Mists of Pandaria"''.
** Pandaria started off as the FarEast but over time has become a straight-up FantasyCounterpartCulture of China due to complaints from Chinese, who thought the depictions of pandas combined with aspects of Japanese culture was offensive.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand: Shake It!'': While not inhabited by anything other than enemies, and without Ninjas, has both Mount Bighill and Bamboozle Village with this kind of area theme.
* ''HarvestMoon: A Tale of Two Towns'' has the town of Konohana, which is meant to be a contrast to the other town in the game, the western-style Bluebell. Still, the other games in the series take place in western-style towns anyway, so while Bluebell looks the same as the towns in the previous games, Konohana feels very unique.
* Ionia in the ''LeagueOfLegends'' setting.
* While the Ura from ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' aren't completely this, they do have at least some of the traits, mostly in the physical traits and position of being at odds with the main character's country.
* The Far East Village (although not being particularly far east, [[TwoOutOfThreeAintBad but it is a village]]) from ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' is a village made up of Ninjas and have a very Japanese feel to it. It's also isolated from the rest of the map by a series of mountain ranges.
* The Dragon Clan in ''ParaWorld'' is, essentially, Japan with dinosaurs.
* In the {{MUD}} ''Asylum'', there's a section of the game that's mostly based off Japanese mythology, with a little China and other asian influences thrown in for good measure. Players must travel here in order to become a [[{{BareFistedMonk}} bare-fisted Monk]].
* The Japan stage of ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'' fits this trope.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Say'ri's support conversations with the Avatar hint that Chon'sin is this, complete with cherry blossoms and sushi; every Myrmidon and Swordmaster, with the possible exception of Owain, seem to trace their origins from there. It's the first occurrence of this trope in a franchise that has almost solidly stuck with MedievalEuropeanFantasy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Da!'' puts a characteristically bizarre touch on this theme with Stage 4, which features pagodas, sumo-wrestling animals, cherry trees that move around, and [[{{Hatsuyume}} volcanoes that spew eggplants]].
* While you never visit it (as it vanished centuries ago), ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' has the land of Wa which is mentioned in the description of some items and has things like Oni and Samurai.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has a few training levels modeled after this, particularly the training levels that take place inside and outside of the pagoda.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Azure City, duly [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0209.html lampshaded]] before the characters even get there.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Yamato is based on FeudalJapan with all the samurai, geisha, ninja, shoguns, emperors, kitsune, and monks among other things.
* ''{{Tasakeru}}'': The squirrel culture, mostly based on FeudalJapan.
* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', the island nation of Youkan is a direct equivalent of FeudalJapan, but modernized in the same way that the main setting is, including an equivalent of anime that the [[CatGirl FoxGirl]] Sooni is very fond of.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{Ninjago}}'' takes place in a fictional Asian country populated entirely by Lego Minifigures.
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