Another great influence on culture is geography. Cultural development is often a function of in what part of the world a culture is situated. If the geography is such that it is easy to hunt game, a culture will have attributes that emphasize that feature, for example, stories about hunting, ceremonies that feature hunting skills, etc. If a people is in a coastal area, water is likely to play an important part in the culture. In Japan, for example, there are creation myths that draw heavily on the fact that Japan is a place surrounded by water. Also, Japanese food relies heavily on its natural resources, fish and land that lends itself to rice-growing. Japan is also a good example of how cultural attributes such as art forms are a function of geography. Because Japan is an island nation, space is severely limited. This generates art forms such as the haiku, which is a very tiny poem, and bonsai, which creates a tree of great beauty in a very small pot. Desert cultures have very different attributes, for example, burial customs that allow bodies to be buried quite quickly. If you look at geography, you will usually find a connection with culture.