Japan at the turn of the century was clearly trying to westernize and change is isolated society into one more intellectually and scientifically involved with the rest of the world. When the Japanese open their ports to the western civilization food and merchandise were not the only things being traded. When ports were open the western way of living was integrated with the Japanese culture which gradually changed the way the
Japans history dates back almost 53,000 years and is filled with interesting and fascinating events. Most of Japans actions have left the major world powers in the world stunned. The base of this amazing country is astonishing just by itself. The base is a bunch of active and large under water volcanoes. Japans uniqueness from the rest of the world ranges from its culture to its very interesting history to the change in government every few hundred years and their trading dilemma with petroleum and their assortment of fish that they export. Japan as a country is so very appealing and kind compared to the rest of the world its no wonder that it’s geographically separate from the rest of the world.
Japan is a country of many cultures. Japan’s most renowned is the art of the samurai and currently, urbanization. Due to the American occupation in the pacific, Japanese moved from a cultural masterpiece, to an eastern constitutional monarchy. Which is generally effected by a western influence.
Pocky, Anime, manga, kanji. Have you heard of any of these? If not… where have you been? All around us teenagers, children, and even adults are being drawn into Japanese culture through TV, books, and even food. Japanese comics, called manga, take up more and more space on American bookshelves, and they've infused new life into the publishing industry. Japanese animation, anime, is on more and more movies and TV screens and influencing popular toys and games.
Japan's culture changed with the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry. As Japan's society became more open, they gained some influence of other countries values and their beliefs. Their culture was somewhat more Westernized. Education was based on traditional values and centered on developing respect for the emperor. Traditional family patterns did not change either.
The small island of japan is greatly known for its culture that has been practiced for over a thousand years. Japan has many different types of food and entertainment and religion. The most popular religion is Buddhism and Shintoism.
The fall of the Japanese Shogun proceeded the end of the Warring States era and it begin the whole new process of uniting Japan. During the process of unifying Japan, there were three main rulers that each took a different access to not only Japan, but by reaching relations with the Westerners. The three main rulers that were involved in this unifying was: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokygawa Ieyasu.
Japan started to change their attitude to Europeans, they welcomed them because they were satisfied by the glory they bring, they traded things like glasses, clocks, and artillery. However it also brought social changes, and Tokugawa rulers started to grow suspicious of the Portuguese and Spanish intention for Japan, so at last, they only trade with Dutch and Chinese in a fixed harbour. Through the trading with Dutch, they began to build up knowledge of Western ideology and world events, according to the knowledge of Western ideas, Japan's scientific, geographical and political knowledge began to grow. Due to the influences foreign countries brought to Japan, Japan become the country we see
Japanese technology and culture is everywhere today; in my room alone I own a Nintendo 3ds, a Nintendo GameCube, PS3, a Toshiba laptop and nine box sets of Japanese anime, with a further three series downloaded on my iPod. That isn’t even including the book and manga series I own (some in the original Japanese, some translated into English.) Popular TV shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender now mimic Japanese style of cartoons, while we have outright adopted other shows as our own, such as Yu-Gi-Oh and Dragon Ball Z. In short, Japanese culture is everywhere, especially if you know where to look for it.
Japan is about 83 years old. Japan is an island in the Pacific Ocean. It has dense cities, palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Population of Japan as of 2016 is 127 million. Its capital, Tokyo, is also one of the biggest cities. Their national language is japanese but there are eleven other known languages.
During the Kamakura period of Japan, the decline of the Buddhist law had become a problem for the Buddhist priests. The people of Japan called this the “Age of Mappo,” which literally translates as the “Age of the Decline,” or the “Age of the Decline in Law.” Buddhism had become increasingly popular during the 6th century of Japan, after being introduced from the Chinese. One of the greatest supporters of Buddhism at the time was Prince Shotoku, who created the seventeen article constitution, as well as his Three Sutra Commentary. Many changes happened during this period of Japanese history.
Japan is an island country in eastern Asia. Japan has a population of 123.7 million people. Japan is one of the leading industrialized countries in the world. Japanese history can be understood in specific periods of change and reform. These periods are known as eras. They go like this, first comes the Jomon, then Yoyai, the Tomb Period, the Introduction of Buddhism, Taika Reform, Nara, Heian, Kamakura , Kemmu Restoration, Ashikaga (Muromochi), Feudal/Warring Era, Unification, Tokugawa (Edo), Meiji Restoration and Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and then, finally, contemporary Japan (Heinrich 2009). These eras typically delineate the reign of different royal families. With each new emperor came new traditions, and subsequently, new law as well.
examples: Omiwa Shrine (Nara Prefecture) *This view makes Japanese characteristics to respect Nature Ancestors …… examples: Sawara-no-taisai (Chiba Prefecture) In Japanese culture, it is natural that there exist uncountable gods ⇒It was easy for Japanese to religion from outside Japan Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism are adopted in Japanese culture (However, Christianity was banned in Edo era) 3. Japanese Culture`s merits
Freedom versus order is the defining difference between the cultures of Japan and America. America focuses on the ideals of freedom and equality, while Japan centers its culture on duty and order. This can clearly be seen when comparing the average daily life of an American and Japanese man or woman. In Japan, an employee must adhere to the same standards at work and outside of work.
The nation of Japan, even more so than other countries, has a long, long history behind it. It's a country dating back as far as the B.C. Era, and that has experienced various powerful events that has shaped the country since its birth. As with other nations, an important part of their past lies in their religion. Before they were introduced to Buddhism and other outside religions, which had a large impact on their society, the Japanese followed something known as Shinto. As the one religion that can truly be called “Japanese,” it follows that its influences would still remain in the eyes of the people and only aided by a traditionally xenophobic view of the world.