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Japan Culture - Insights into another culture

Japan – Insights into another culture

Last updated on May 15, 2021 by Roger Kaufman

History and culture of Japan

As the fourth largest island nation, Japan comprises 6852 islands. Japan was founded in the 5th century under the cultural influence of the Chinese Empire.

With its 126.860.000 inhabitants and thus a population density of 335,8 inhabitants/km² (as of 2019), the country is now one of the most densely populated countries in Asia.

The Culture Japan's culture differs from Germany's in most respects. However, even compared to its neighboring countries such as North and South Korea, Japan has China and Taiwan have made very unique and specific cultural developments.

Despite being a member of the group of the seven largest industrial nations in the world, Japan remains true to its cultural customs.

Japan culture and society

Two traditionally dressed women walk down a flight of stairs - Japan culture and society

The Japanese in and of themselves best reflect their own culture. They often put the social duty that a functioning society needs ahead of their personal individuality.

Harmony in everyday life and in each of their actions is very important to the Japanese. Interpersonally, the Japanese practice self-control and avoid competition and confrontation.

This social thinking arises in large part from the religious attitude.

Buddhism and Shintoism are the main religions in Japan, with many Japanese people belonging to both religions. In keeping with the social values, the two religions are not in competition, but coexist peacefully.

Many historical buildings and sights are strongly influenced by religion.

Many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples can be found across the country. Other religions, such as Christianity or Islam, are found in significantly smaller numbers.

Japan culture and interests

A young Japanese woman is concerned

Religion also has a great influence on art and a rich art history that can be discovered in numerous museums today. Since there is no such thing as a “typically Japanese” art movement, the country has a lot to offer.

From painting to the architecture of the temples to calligraphy, you will find every form of art. The drawing of manga is also widespread, which in recent decades has also penetrated more and more into the western world and thus into Germany.

This form of art, which is mainly due to the large of Love characterized in detail and elaborate background illustrations, its floor plans were created as early as the 11th century in the form of expressive depictions of humans and animals.

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Japan culture music

Traditional Japanese Musical Instruments - Japan Music and Culture

Japanese music is best known for its pop culture. The most influential areas are J-Pop (Japenese Pop) and J-Rock (Japanese Rock).

Nowadays, the music style not only reaches the neighboring countries, but spreads across the entire globe. At the same time, the demand for music from Europe and America is high in Japan, with huge fan communities sometimes forming.

Im classical area is civil music asked. A style of music that consists of light melodies and is mostly played by women in the typical Japanese costume, the kimono.

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Japan culture cuisine

Traditional delicious Japanese food presented on the table

The japanese cuisine very different from the German. Due to the direct location on the coast, there is a lot of fish on the menu here.

So of course typically Japanese many sushi and other rice dishes. Ramen, matcha, sake and tempura are also popular, but this varies greatly depending on the region.

Many forms of food are offered in the form of street food.

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Japan culture - the most beautiful places summarized in a video

A journey through Tokyo, Matsuyama, Imabari, Nagano, Gifu and Ishizushisan. Beautiful pictures from Japan in one Video summarizes.


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Japan Insight into the culture of a highly developed country

Photojournalist Patrick Rohr begins his journey through the land of the rising sun in the megacity of Tokyo. In the first episode of Focus Japan, Patrick Rohr meets the half-Swiss Christine Haruka, who is known throughout Japan as a TV talent. He meets the fish seller Yuki, the bartender Yugo, and gets to know the girl band Kamen Joshi, whose ambitions are exploited by the pop music industry.

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The formation of the Japanese state began in the 5th century under the cultural influence of Chinese Empire.

Japan has been in contact with the West since the 16th century and has been rising since the 19th century great power , acquired colonies such as Korea and Taiwan, took part in both world wars and briefly ruled large parts of Southeast and East Asia.

The Japanese Empire was until 1947 based on the monarchical principle, in part Prussian model ajar, constitutional monarchy with the japanese emperor as head of state.

Its aggressive expansion policy in China before and during the Second World War (pacific war) finally led to the defeat at the side of the Axis powers in August 1945. In the Japanese state formed under Douglas MacArthur's occupation government since 1947, the sovereign is the people, the highest organ of state power is the parliament, whose chambers have since then both been directly elected by the people.

The empire was not abolished, but the Emperor as a "symbol of the state" reduced to ceremonial tasks without independent authority in state affairs. Apart from Japan, there is no longer a state with an emperor.
Japan is one of the more densely populated countries in Asia and, with around 126 million inhabitants, is in eleventh place most populous countries in the world. The Japanese population is mostly concentrated on the four main islands and is 99% made up Japanese. belong to the minorities Korean, Chinese, Filipinos and Taiwanese. Since the 2000s, several thousand guest workers and asylum seekers have also lived in Japan Africa and other Asian countries. Most residents are supporters of Shintoism and Buddhism.


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