Originally posted by MbuhirThe only problem is, the only explanation is that the water level was once much lower. Japan didn't break off of Asia, it was formed by volcanic activity and the smashing of two plates. Last time the water would have been low enough would have been somewhere around the ice age (not sure if before, during, or after).
I also remember, from my Asian history class, that the first Chinese emperor (First ever, Qin dynasty) introduced a lot of advanced technology to China. Perhaps something bad happened in the region of Korea and Japan, resulting in the fall of an empire (or the splitting) and the first emporer of China was from that empire.
During the last ice age, around 10,000 years ago, the sea level was much lower because the water was locked up in the polar regions. This is likely when this area was above water.
The first Emperor of China was in during the Qin (Ch'in) Dynasty (221 B.C. - 206 B.C.) www.enchantedlearning.com...
So the time frames don't match, unless the area was sunken due to earthquakes, or geological activity, which is a possibility.
In the articles posted earlier, some speculated that this could be Atalantis or the lost continent of Mu. But accourding to Plato, Atlantis was beyond the pillars of Hercules, which meant the Atlantic Ocean. Mu, on the other hand, was belived to be in the Pacific. Both were fabled to have been covered by a great flood. I have no idea, I will leave it to the experts to determine that.