In 1543, three Portuguese travelers aboard a Chinese ship accidentally drifted ashore on Tanegashima, a Japanese Island. Within a few short years, a myriad of Portuguese merchants, missionaries, and settlers began to arrive in the country and ushered in almost a century of Portuguese imperial presence in Japan. This time period was a unique era in the history of European imperialism, and it is important to evaluate it from multiple points of view. This comparison is easily done with records such as, Captain Alexander Hamilton’s A New Account of the East Indies: Descriptions of Japan and Engelbert Kaempfer’s History of Japan. These two works are both first-hand accounts of the European interactions with the Japanese people. Indeed, these two
In the Japanese community there are body language and facial expressions particularly directed towards family and social orientated interaction. These interactions concentrate on how nonverbal communication occurs through gestures during speech and the effect visuals have on an individual. These elements of the communication style are what construct Japan as the country it is today, one still positioned (“Japan Nonverbal Communication”, 2001, para.1) around a high context
Q7. In my opinion, Japan's aggressive imperialism was not justified. I believe that Japan's need for imperialism became a major driving force during the time of its modernization. I feel that if Japan did not have the need to prove that it was better than the other countries, then I
After the Meiji restoration, the West was taken as a supreme ideal for nearly every aspect of Japanese life. In fact it has become alarmingly difficult to differentiate the original cultural Japanese life and the Westernised Japanese way of life (‘A History of Modern Japan’, p13). The assimilation of Western
Kon'nichiwa! I’m Japan! You probably know me for my aesthetic cherry blossoms and splendid anime, but let me tell you, things weren’t always as kawaii as they seemed. For a loooong time, I was isolated from other countries by my own shoguns and daimyos, my militaristic dictators and their warrior landlords respectively. We got along fine at first, but my common people were becoming increasingly unhappy with their little political power and heavy taxes. Then, on a fateful day in July of 1853, I met… the West.
This research project is a detailing of Japan’s history and its relations with the U.S. The document is intended to explain the rising conflict between them during The Second Sino-Japanese War, U.S retaliation due to the attempted conquest of Asia and the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and subsequent economical and environmental complications. In terms of value, the majority of the document is relevant to my research and
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Next, I would like to talk about how the atomic bombs completely shattered Japanese view of their culture. I interviewed my grandmother who lived 50 miles away from Nagasaki. During this time, many Japanese people believed dying meant honor and devoting their lives to the Emperor. When she was young schoolgirl, her and other classmates were expected to recite the “Military Song” to instill the patriotic spirit of the Japanese. Every day, the neighbors continuously travel by boat to Nagasaki for work normally, until the day the world heard about the Hiroshima atomic bomb. People viewed Japan as indestructible and that was shattered after the bomb was released again, hitting Nagasaki. The information traveled from word of mouth. Although, she
According to Okinawa survivor and native Kinya Taira, the Japanese, who controlled the island of Okinawa during World War II “lied to us about the fate that would be facing us if we surrendered to the Allies, so we were confused, utterly paranoid, and just wanted to survive and see our families. We were, essentially, being used by the Imperial Army as body shields, as puppets, forced to go into the most dangerous areas knowing we wouldn’t make it back alive.” (“Okinawans Remember”) Despite the effects of the Battle of Okinawa on the natives of the land and the Allied soldiers who fought in it, this battle was the most crucial in ending World War II efficiently, thus the claim that the Battle of Okinawa was the most important battle in the war against the Japanese during World War II.
On December 7, 1941 the Japanese Navy bombed and ultimately destroyed the United States Naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This sneak attack by the Japanese bombers drug the United States into WWII. The attack caused panic and hysteria throughout the United States, because this was the first attack against
During the late 18th century to the early 20th century, east Asia had been imperialized by western powers. Imperialism in east Asia during the period 1750-1945 was beneficial because of the economic growth, technological advancements, and political structure that progressed positively as a result of western imperialism. For example, Japan had been forcefully imperialized by the United States during the mid-19th century, however, the aftermath of this occasion was ultimately beneficial to the Japanese. Japan became imperialized because the U.S. needed a refueling and coaling base in order to trade with other east-Asian countries. Also, they needed a secure place to refuel in the east as Hawaii by itself wouldn’t be able to handle the trading
INTRODUCTION On August 6, 1945 the culmination of years of scientific research and testing was released on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The fiery explosion that discharged from the atomic bomb killed tens of thousands instantly. When no word of surrender was uttered by the Japanese leadership, another atomic weapon was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9. Although less lethal than the first, thousands still perished in the Japanese city. “The Japanese leaders [understood] the utter hopelessness of their position” (Groves 319), and the next day they announced Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied forces. This capitulation finally saw the conclusion of almost four years of warring in the Pacific.
The focus of this investigation will be “To what extent was the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing necessary for Japan to surrender?” It will analyze the extent to which the main aspects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing were indispensable for the country of Japan to cede. Thus Hiroshima: The story
In addition, they had different view of imperialism than Europe. ‘’With many similarities to the West, Japanese imperialism differed from Western imperialism in that it was the first non-Western imperial power, and that it rose to imperial status after facing colonization by the West. Like Western powers, Japanese expansion was fueled with Social Darwinism, and racism’’(Indiana University, Unknown author).
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.