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Japanese Culture

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Sarah Hugo

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Japanese Culture By Jessica Henson, Sabrina Henson, and Sarah Hugo Some of the temples have been around for longer than 1,200 years. Japanese Temples Japanese Temples or Buddhist Temples are located all over Japan. Unlike many other religious churches or mosque's, people do not meet inside the temple and worship together. Japanese Fashion The traditional kimono is used mainly for ceremonies, formal meetings, or religious holidays. The history of temples in Japan widely differs, but the history of Buddhism overall lies very close with governmental changes, which affected these beautiful landmarks. Buddhism was introduced to Japan from China and Korea in the sixth century. Although the kimono seems to be the same outfit that has been around for a millennium, it is not. Samurai Woman wearing a kimono In Japan, fashion is used as a way to express yourself. The kimono was originated in the 7th century and though it doesnt look like it, it has changed since then. The samurai were a class of highly skilled warriors which gradually developed in Japan . Some samurai were relatives of the landowners, while others were simply hired. The Samurai were very loyal to their masters. History shows that the most loyal samurai were usually family members or financial dependents of their lords. The early samurai were archers, fighting on foot or horseback with long bows. They mailnly used swords for finishing off wounded enemies. Japanese Food Japanese cuisine has developed over the past 2,000 years with strong influences from both China and Korea. One of the major influences was the introduction of rice from Korea around 400 B.C. and within a hundred years it had become the staple food of Japan. Tea, chopsticks and a number of other important food related items were also introduced from China. Japanese cuisine is still heavily influenced by the four seasons and geography. Seafood and vegetables are most commonly eaten. . Anime/Manga Japanese Art In 552 Buddhism was brought from China to Japan. This had a huge impact on the development of Japanese arts. Silk painting is another form of japanese art that originated in India and Eastern Asia. Silk paintings date back to 200 CE in India. As the tradition spread through Eastern Asia, Japan perfected methods of silk cultivation and adapted its own style of silk painting as art. Japanese music It brought the influence of the advanced Chinese culture and new techniques in arts and architecture to Japan. Anime is a popular form of animation in Japan that is quickly becoming popular in the U.S. Japanese Fesivals Created during World War ||, anime and manga has changed much since when it was first created. Kanagaki Robun and Kawanabe Kyosai created the first manga magazine in 1874 Japanese Technology The Japanese invented canned coffee, instant noodles, karaoke, blue-light-emitting diodes and the Walkman. Japan is obsessed with all of the newest technology and are constantly inventing new things. Some things include taxi doors that open and close automatically, airports that are cleaned by vacuum cleaners and that operate without human help and parking lots that have talking ticket-taking machines. How Japanese Culture Has Affected Society Today Bibliography Japanese Sports There are countless local festivals in Japan because almost every shrine celebrates one of its own. Most festivals are held annually and celebrate a seasonal or historical event. Sumo is the traditional national sport of Japan. Baseball and soccer are close seconds, but Sumo reigns supreme as the favorite. During the 1870s, baseball, rugby, football, ice skating and cricket were introduced. Since sports have been introduced to Japan, they have been enthusiastically played for years. acknowledgements Many musicians have been influenced by Japan. Erasure, an American duo loved Japan and its culture and it reflected in many of their songs. Japanese food has been infused into American culture, from sushi to ramen. Anime is starting to influence US cartoons and is starting to incorporate Japanese style techniques in their art. http://www.gojapango.com/travel/japanese_temples.html http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/articles/japanese-articles/a-brief-history-of-japanese-clothing.html http://asianhistory.about.com/od/warsinasia/p/SamuraiProfile.htm http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/english/newsletter/things_japanese_29.html http://novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/evans/his135/Events/Anime62/Anime62.html Before Westernization, popular songs in Japan were known as zokuyo. We would like to thank each other for helping out with this project and our teacher for giving us a chance to do this. J-pop, as Japanese pop music is called both in and outside of Japan, is the mainstream form of music in Japan and has a large cult following all over the world. While J-pop gained its name and status as recently as the 1990s, it gained its first footholds in the 1960s and can even be traced back to the pre-war era in Japanese history. The first animation shown to audiences in Japan was made around 1917. They tended to be just a few minutes long and many probably didn't have titles. Some were based on folktales (like old Disney movies). Some popular festivals include: One instrument, the koto, since introduction has been the most praised instrument. Its similar to the piano in Western countries, the koto has been, and is, played by well-educated girls. Doll Festival-A day to wish for the healthy growth of young girls Children's Day-Honors the birth of children Japan is a wonderfully diverse culture that maintains many of its historical roots and traditions dating back to 10,000BC when the Jomon people first settled in Japan.

Much of Japans culture is spreading into the U.S and many other places around the world.
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