The Japanese Culture By maya washington

What is Culture Identity?

Culture identity is a person's self conception that is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, culture food, music, traditions and arts.

Which ethnicity do you most identify?

I identify myself the most as Japanese because, Japanese was my first language and even though I was born in Chicago, I was raised in Japan, learning about the culture and what my mums side of the family passes down after generations.


My mother was born and raised in Japan, she lived in Kawasaki Japan until she graduated from high-school then she moved to study in Tokyo, Japan which is one of the most popular places and most known for outside of Japan. Also, I was born in Chicago but was there after a short period of time after I was born so my family moved to Japan where I was raised.



Japanese uses 4 different systems of writing, these are: kanji, hiragana, katakana and romanji. Hiragana is syllabic and the most original writing system in Japan. It is used for simple words, conjugations, particles and children's literature as it is the first set of writing which is taught.




Kanji is actually based of Chinese characters.

Basic Conversation

Physical Traits

In almost all cases Asians have straight, black hair and dark eyes. They also tend to have less body hair, less facial hair, flatter faces, smaller noses, wider cheekbones, and a smaller body frame and bone structures.

Japanese people also have pale skin and when they put traditional make up on, they use a white skin tone because it is known the paler you are the more beautiful.


Japan is known for it's traditional cuisine that is based on rice with miso soup that has an addition of side dishes such as, pickled vegetables alongside fish or meat. Ramen noodles in a bento is characteristic of lunch. Some dishes in Japanese include sushi, rice balls, oden and tempura which is also very popular outside Japan.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guests view point (angle), especially the main guests called the Shokyaku.

Fun Facts

the japanese school system

  • Schoo lunch for grade schoolers (Elementary or lower)
Everyday in your classroom two students change roles in being "president" for the class. You are assigned to bring the rice, soup, milk, bread, to pass out food, and serve the students that are preparing for their lunch. They take out their chopsticks, cloths, and water bottles. The students who are assigned to hang out and serve food must wear a mask, hair net, and an aprons.
Everyday the meals are different, they try and stick with veggies, starch, and soup (miso) and usually served with glass milk fresh from the cows.
  • High-school school lunch
In high-school students bring their own lunch at home to bring to school. Usually just from left overs from the night before but some students wake up early to make a fresh lunch; The mothers are also common to prepare the child/students lunch the night before or in the morning to take.
This is a very common and popular meal in Japanese schools served during lunch
This is also a very common and popular meal in Japanese schools served during lunch


In Japanese schools, we don't have janitors except for one's who cut grass for the school. Other than that, students clean their classroom and after is assigned to work outdoors, in the shoebox, clean the sakura tree (petals) on the floor, and cleaning the sinks to keep their school clean and to also learn responsibility as they get older and it won't be so hard.

Japanese Art

Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints, kirigami, origami, dorodango, and more recently manga; modern Japanese cartooning and comics.


A style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

wood block printing

A technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre of single sheets, but it was also used for printing books in the same period.


A variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper (from Japanese kiru "to cut," kami "paper")

doro dango

A art form in which earth and water are molded to create a delicate shiny sphere, resembling a billiard ball.


A from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper

japanese calligraphy

is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language.


The music of Japan includes a wide array of performers in distinct styles both traditional and modern. The word for music in Japanese is 音楽 (ongaku), combining the kanji 音 "on" (sound) with the kanji 楽 "gaku" (enjoy).

instrument the picture: Taiko, Shamisen, Biwa, Kagura suzu, and Koto.
A long standing stigma has been placed on Japanese Geisha girls. When someone thinks of a Geisha, they think of a glorified prostitute. This is far from the truth. Geisha’s are entertainers, and they are trained vigorously in art, music and dancing. If you translate Geisha into English, you get artist. Being a true Geisha is an honor to the girls, who when they become full-fledged Geisha’s are then called geiko. If a girl begins her training to be a geisha before she is 21, she is called a maiko, meaning child dancer. A girl or woman can become a geisha even if she wasn’t a maiko, but if she had been a maiko she would enjoy much more prestige.

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Maya Washington


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