Thousands of years worth of events has shaped one of the worlds most fascinating cultures, which is

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Thousands of years worth of events has shaped one of the worlds most fascinating cultures, which is still today filled with essences from the past. The Japanese culture as seen today, still holds features from centuries ago. Geishas and the distinct Japanese tradition are still today as valuable to the Japanese culture, if not even more. Japan’s unique history and culture has created a place where many dream to go. This essay will identify the characteristics of Japanese culture and provide a brief overview on the cultural traits that makes Japan so significantly different from other cultures. In addition, the communication aspects and implications that these may have on business practices will be identified and explained. Definition of…show more content…
17). The Japanese have long developed a refined and sophisticated cuisine that reflects upon their traditional lifestyle. The culinary experience in Japan is a widely recognised concept; with millions of people across the world enjoy various Japanese dishes every day. Some famous foods that originate from Japan are sushi, tempura and teriyaki. The typical Japanese diet consists of rice, fresh seafood and vegetables, both pickled or steamed and it has gained international recognition to be one of the healthiest food-cultures as well as to be related to the longevity of the Japanese people (Yamasa Institute 2013). Japanese culture reflects heavily upon the lifestyle endured by the people of Japan. Although, the word ‘religion’ is not commonly used by the Japanese to identify their beliefs or values. Japanese people will rather practise their beliefs and incorporate elements of different religions. This synchronisation of religions is called Shibuntsu (Reader & Tanabe 1998, p.29). The two main religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism. Ancient Japanese culture and life was shaped by the religion of Shinto, an indigenous religion, which is based on nature worship. Buddhism and Confucianism was introduced in the sixth century but was at first, largely resisted by the Shinto-dominated Japan. Today, the majority of Japan is Shinto, with 80% of the population defining themselves as Shinto (Berkeley Centre 2014). As for Japanese popular culture, they
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