Japanese Culture By tamara nguyen

Background:

Japan in an island based nation that is in Eastern Asia.The capital of Japan is Tokyo.The population is 127.3 million. The 4 main islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku.Japan is known for their food, culture, and advanced technology.

Japanese Art:

Japanese art includes many different styles.It is influenced on the war and Chinese art.Japanese art tends to be realistic and abstract.Most Japanese art is expressed through individualism.Since Japan is island based,it is contributed to how artist develop ideas for landscaping and gardening.Painting was important for the Japanese since the Heian Period.The paintings on hand scrolls reflected stories such as the Tale of Genji. Many Japanese paintings also included calligraphy. Landscapes, portraits, and scenes of life are traditional subjects for Japanese art.

Language:

The official language is Japanese but there are many different dialects that are spoken in Japan.

Japanese traditions and etiquettes:

Like every culture, Japan also has specific traditions and etiquettes.Bowing is the most common tradition of Japan. The Japanese would usually bow when they meet or part from each other, to show respect.Removing shoes is another practice in Japan. While entering places, the Japanese are expected to remove their shoes. Removing shoes is a practice to keep the area clean.Using chopsticks while eating meals is also common in Japan.

Religion:

The two main religions that are practiced in Japan are Buddhism and Shintoism.Shintoism focuses on spirituality. It is believed that "every living thing in nature contains kami, or gods." Shintoism is acknowledged throughout the Japanese culture such as the Japanese people cherishing nature and the changing seasons. For example, the Japanese celebrates the Sakura known as cherry blossom.It is a symbolic flower that is celebrated every spring.

Marriage:

The typical Japanese wedding is called a Shinto. Japanese people get married at shrines in front of gods called Yaoyorozu. The bride and groom wears a Japanese formal outfit and follow the steps to getting married.

Clothing:

The most known Japanese clothing is the kimono.The Japanese would typically wear a kimono for special occasions such as formal meetings , religious events,holidays or weddings. There are many different types of kimono, which are worn according to a persons age, status, season or event.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Last month, I attended the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.The event was to celebrate the 12th year of the hanami of the Japanese tradition.It had a variety of the traditional foods,cultural performances,clothing, and a bunch of activities. Even though it was an event in San Diego, it still gave me a glimpse of what the Japanese culture is like.In the future I plan to visit Japan.

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Created with images by Javierosh - "Cherry Blossom" • DeltaWorks - "aso komezuka sea of clouds" • Wallslide - "IMG_5003"

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