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  • no snow
  • no winter
  • no chainmail
  • 3 seasons: Spring, Dry, Monsoon
  • China/Japan/Korea/Taiwan
  • tuna, not beef
  • kneeling, standing, crossed legs, lacquered stools, no massive tables and looming thrones
  • sunshine, sea air, fir trees
  • volcanoes
  • rice, not bread
  • pirates of the inland sea
  • wind-twisted long-needled pines
  • no real-world religions or myths (no Buddhism, Shinto, etc.)
  • no “samurai” “ninja” or “monks” but there are particular naval/warrior/administratior/worker/ritual/outcaste castes
  • family trade/resource networks distributed across ecosystems and spaces, a la Incas
  • close navigation to coasts, not the epic journeys of the Polynesians
  • but a huge Tang-style treasure fleet would be good
  • secret societies — an economy of secrets and taboo or proprietary social functions — like Bene Gesserit, Face Dancers, The Steersmen, from Dune. Or the Assassins and Roshaniya. Or the Yellow Scarves/Turbans of China
  • the Murakami naval clan of Japan
    http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/publishers/item/2602-the-pirates-daughter
    https://muchallsarmy.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/osprey-book-pirate-of-the-far-east/
    https://books.google.ca/books?id=HTriKuCaUX0C&lpg=PT68&ots=Xdv-sdjx9c&dq=murakami%20pirates%20osprey&pg=PT71#v=onepage&q=murakami%20pirates%20osprey&f=false [I love this book]
    http://en.japantravel.com/view/murakami-suigun-museum
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2011/10/09/travel/setting-a-course-for-pirate-isles-in-the-seto-inland-sea/#.VSKlNRPF9EA