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Japan

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on 18 October 2012

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Japan's changing
culture. Traditional Architecture Modern Cultural Icons Traditional Entertainment Modern The traditional Japanese house wont have pricey nick nacks or antiques. Instead it will be spacious with lots of storage space, matting,open floor space, out of the way furniture placement, and environmentally friendly materials. Simple design lines, clean rooms, and plenty of windows and slide doors open the house up to the outdoors. Flooring docuses on tatami matting. A sense of openness also creates a near nothing movement from the indoors to the outdoors, the link of the inside and outside is obvious in many of the traditional style homes. Etiquette meep Festivities The modern Japanese house has more of an organic or urban design to the exterior. The use of window walls still connect the outdoors and indoors. The interior still utilizes the traditional methods while harmonizing them with modern methods as well. Japans cultural icons are some of the most interesting in the world. The calligraphy and symbolizing is a unique study to partake in. The colorful and well designed gardens have been taking root in Americans backyards as a hobby or a decoration. And the Kimono robes are also unique to Japan as well, the comfortable robes also act as costumes. These are both modern and traditional. Traditional entertainment is the vast collection of past art and storytelling. Most art depicted a story or a part of one. Such as a scene or scenery. The traditional story telling is no longer mainly in art, but in video games. Gaming is such a big part of media that you wouldn't play at home. You'd go to one of the many vast gaming arcades FULL of old classics and new games. But one of the most popular things in Japan is the anime called Gundam ( Gun-dumb ). This anime has been one if not hte most popular things their. Millions flocked from the country and beyond for the 30th anniversary celebration where a 40 foot tall replica of the original Gundam was unveiled. Etequette is also a major cultural factor. The Japanese are a very polite, friendly, and forgiving people. Its custom to bow when greeting others as a sign of aknowledgement. When someone hands a business card, you need to read the details in interest and put it in your wallet as that is to show politness and acceptance. Chewing with your mouth closed, eating everything on your plate, never talk with your mouth full, never passing food from your chopsticks to another persons, and thanking the person for the meal are ALWAYS the things to do when eating. This has never changed in cukture and has always been in their culture. Many festivals are held throughout the year. They have been around since ancient times. A more modern one isthe summer rock festival. But The Summer Festival is one of the biggest, the whole country virtually shuts down and lights up the sky. FOOD Food is traditional and modern since its been a huge factor in the country. Multiple rice, meat, bean, fruit, and tea dishes have expanded the vast amount of variations of dishes. Traditonal MUSIC Modern Technology Traditional Modern Japan has been one of the most technologically advanced. Even in ancient times they had more advanced technology then most countries. Now Japan is one of the leading makers of bots. Some were some basic bots, while others were made for one reason. Some calligraphy, others mimicing and information gathering. Traditional Transportation Transportation was considerably limited in ancient times. But Japan had some interesting ways. Their were horses, carts, and wagons. But one thing that has been affiliated with Japan is the rik shaw. This has been used for centuries and is still used for fun and a cheap way of getting around. Modern Transportation has grown considerably. Small motorized rental " taxi " bikes are set up in corners of sidewalks. But a faster means of travel is the numerous models of bullet trains. warfare Warfare is an area that has been a large area of focus. The ancient combat arts are still practiced along with the old weapons. Modern weapons arent really focused as the older weapons are. These weapons have been around for a considerable amount of time. All the weapons here except for the katana and bo staff were derived from farm tools and are listed in order from left to right and carry on with the bottom two. Much is known of the katana and the bo staff. But it was a part of the weapons ban in ancient times. The others were created from farm tools. The kamas were originally cicles used for cutting and harvesting rice and other crops. It was usefull for throwing like an axe, but were devastating at close range with curved blade of cold sharp steel Originally the nunchuks were used for beating rice. They were excellent for fast attacks, but lacked the umph of the next weapon. The nemesis of the katana. The sai was a tri pronged tool for evenly planting seeds. But it proved to be the key to defeating the katana. Catching a katana between two prongs and twisting would snap the katana's blade. But It also proved its worth in a stabbing weapon and a defense mechanism. Flipping it upside down would bring the prongs flat against the forearm. The kunai and shuriken were used in unison to great effect. Throing the shuriken to distract the target with a nic or a miss would allow the attacker to come in for the kill with the kunai knife.
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