Definition of Jomon in English:



  • [usually as modifier] An early Mesolithic-type culture in Japan (c.10,000–300 bc), preceding the Yayoi period. It is characterized by pottery decorated with a distinctive cord pattern.

    • ‘The production of earthenware in Japan goes back to the Neolithic Jomon period.’
    • ‘It is difficult to hear the Jomon incantations over the din of the helicopter, which Tange tells the reader he used to inspect the shrine.’
    • ‘Most recently the Metropolitan Museum mounted an exhibition from the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection that covered a comprehensive chronological span from Jomon pottery to Hiroshige's prints.’
    • ‘The first settlers of Japan, the Jomon people, named for the cord markings that decorated the surfaces of their clay vessels, were nomadic hunter-gatherers.’
    • ‘The presence of both Jomon and Yayoi cultures contributed depth and complexity to the Ise complex.’
    • ‘Egypt and Sumeria were building their megaliths when the Indus, Tamil, and Jomon people were building theirs during the Ice Age.’
    • ‘By and by the Ainu people and their culture were forced to the Northern parts of Japan by the Jomon people.’
    • ‘Their descendants, the hunter-gatherer Jomon people, had long been the inhabitants of the islands when a large-scale immigration from Northeast Asia began around 400 BC.’
    • ‘Conflict between the Jomon and the Yayoi principles is to be found throughout the Katsura Palace.’
    • ‘Science writer and adventurer Jon Turk set out on a 3,000-mile voyage across the Pacific in an open boat to see if the oldest North American was in fact, a Jomon - an ancient inhabitant of Japan and related to Polynesians and the Ainu.’
    • ‘Archaeologial material shows something of the life of the Jomon people who were living by hunting, fishing and gathering food some 8000 years ago.’
    • ‘The earliest of the two hundred objects on view is a ceramic vessel dating to the Jomon period and the latest objects date from the Edo period.’
    • ‘In this new publication, Tange expanded on themes that he had already begun to explore in the earlier writings on Jomon and Yayoi.’


From Japanese jōmon cord pattern.