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Japan Chapter 12: Pages 265-270

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Transcript of Japan Chapter 12: Pages 265-270

Chapter 12: Shaping A
Worldview Japan A Land Apart Adopting and Adapting Elements of Culture Canadian Identity Nature Shaping A Worldview - If you were planning a visit to Japan how would you get there?

- How long would the trip take?

- Japan is geographically isolated from both its neighbours (Korea, China, and Russia), and from the rest of the world.

- Where else in the world is isolated? Does this effect their worldview? - The Influence of the United States on Canadian
culture

- Does our geography have anything to do with this?

- What affect does the Internet and satellite TV play on culture?

- Can any culture be truly isolated in modern times? - The experience of being in nature affects your worldview
- Rituals mark the change of seasons in Japan
- Cherry blossoms are highly celebrated in Japan
- The Japanese haiku is usually written about nature:
Previous key points: 1. Japan is isolated geographically

2. The Japanese viewed themselves as
very important

3. Japan has always had a high population in a dense area
A Land Apart cont' -It is difficult to travel between Japan
and Asia because of the distance and the turbulent waters
- There was contact between Japan and China as early as the mid-200s
- There was contact between Japan and
Korea between the 400s and 800s
- European navigation to Japan only took
place after the 1500s - The Japanese adopt many elements of other cultures
- They borrowed the Chinese kanji to make their own Japanese language system
-Other ways that they adopt culture? Basho: "an ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the splash of water" Nature and the Ainu - The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan

- The Ainu greatly value nature

- The Ainu have a similar belief system to Canada's Aboriginal People

- For the AInu, identity is rooted in the natural world Shinto - Shinto belief that Kami take the form of objects in nature
- Matsuri held throughout
the year - Shinto is the ancient religion of Japan
- Shinto value harmony with nature So what's the big idea?? 1. Japan is isolate geographically

2. Japan is adaptive of other cultures

3. The Japanese and the Ainu place an emphasis on the beauty of nature

4. The Japanese adopt other belief systems
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