Essay on Japanese and Chinese Culture

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Japanese and Chinese both share great and subtle differences, from their diverse uses of food and religion, to their similarities in writing. After reading them, you should have a small understanding about the differences of Japanese and Chinese culture. So here are just a few of the things that make them so interesting
One of the most interesting differences between Japan and China would be their cuisine. So what is the difference between Japanese and Chinese Cuisine? This is a question that is hard to answer, mainly because China is a very large country, making its cuisines differ from area to area. China mainly cooks their food over a high flame with oil and often times, spicy ingredients. The main source of meat in China is Pork. Due
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Rice also plays a role in Japanese cuisine. Japanese rice is short grain and becomes sticky when cooked. Most rice is sold as hakumai ("white rice"), with the outer portion of the grains polished away. Unpolished rice is considered less delectable by most people in Japan. Japan also produces an alcoholic beverage known as Sake which is also referred to in English as a form of rice wine. However, unlike true wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally present in fruit, sake is made through a brewing process more like that of beer.

Religion is another notable difference between the two countries. Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. They have co-existed for several centuries and have even complimented each other somewhat. Most Japanese consider themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both. Religion does not play a big role in the everyday life of most Japanese people today. The average person typically follows the religious rituals at ceremonies like birthdays, weddings and funerals. They may visit a shrine or a temple on New Year and participates at local festivals (matsuri), most of which have a religious background. Many Japanese festivals, or matsuri, originated from early Shinto rituals. These festivals often symbolize hope for abundant rice production or spiritual health of the community. The festivals are often done inside a Shinto Shrine, or display some form or image of a Shrine. Many of these festivals…