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02.07 East Asia - Medieval Japan: Postcards

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Keirstin Woods

on 25 April 2013

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Medieval Japan: Postcards By: Keirstin Woods Assignment 02.07 Hi Guys! Hello everybody! I've just arrived in Japan a few days ago. I've already learned so many new things about the culture! I'm having so much fun! I've noticed some amazing and interesting religious & social aspects. I've learned that China has made a big impact on Japan and their culture and ways of life. So far, I've learned a lot about their religion. The religion here is called Zen Buddhism. Most Japanese people rejected any other form of Buddhism that was from China. Zen Buddhism is an "easier" version of the Chinese Buddhism. This form of Buddhism achieved enlightenment from intuition and meditation rather than faith. Also, I've learned about Japan's society. Yesterday, I visited the Noh Theater. This is a performance in which the actors are masked and used very precise and deliberate movements. The beauty of this type of theater is it's metaphor of history it uses. Well, that's all for now! I send along some pictures of my trip so far! Talk to you soon. :)
Keirstin Woods Pictures!! The Noh Theater! The performance at the Noh Theater! Symbol of
Zen Buddhism Example of Zen Buddhism. Greetings again... Hi guys! Since we've last spoken, I've learned a whole lot more about Japanese politics and their arts and literature. The Japanese political aspects follow a code of conduct. This code of conduct is called Bushido. Bushido means "Way of the Warrior-Knight". The Samurai's followed these rules and were very strict about them. This code follows seven main virtues. These virtues are rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty. I've also learned more about their arts and literature. To say the least, the art here is BEAUTIFUL! A part of their art is making the Zen gardens landscape be very pleasing to the eye. These landscapes include elaborately combed sand, rocks, and trimmed trees and bushes. This landscaping allows the person's mind enter into a very peaceful state. Women here are very into literature. Japanese women are taught to read and write Japanese, but not allowed Chinese because that was reserved for political leaders. The women like to write poems and books. Waka & Tanka are 2 types of poetry that the Japanese developed. I've had a great time in Japan, and I loved getting to share my experience with you guys!
Keirstin Woods :) Pictures! Bushido Warrior Zen Buddhism Garden Japanese Literature Japan's Geography Japan is composed of many small islands. It has four main islands and over 2,000 smaller ones. This makes Japan vulnerable for attack. Having all if these islands also makes it difficult to govern the country. Each island mainly just makes its own laws and rules pertaining to it's own land and people.
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