Japanese Culture : Everything you need to know

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Japan is a country with a long history and has nurtured a variety of cultures.

Among the various Japanese cultures, some are more exposed and known, but there are still many parts of the culture that are not well known.

I hope this article will help you find a new interest in Japanese culture and enjoy it.


Language


As you know, In Japan, Language is mainly used in Japanese. It uses a combination of hiragana, katakana and kanji.

In addition, foreign words derived from English are favorably used and gave rise to words called Japanese English(和製英語).




Religion

The majority of religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism.

Therefore, there are so many shrines and temples in Japan, and famous shrines and temples have become tourist attractions.


Japanese name

Japanese surname has long history and each surname has meaning.


Japanese history and people

There are many unique characters in Japanese history, including shoguns, emperors, ninjas, and samurai.


Japanese mentality / manner

There is also a concept that is considered to be a unique Japanese temperament.

There are many aspects that shape Japanese communication, such as manners like bowing (Ozigi in Japanese) and concepts like "honne to tatemae".

The Japanese also have a culture of shame and humility.



Folklore and mythology

As is the case in other countries, there are various legends and folktales handed down in Japan.

In addition, many Yokai(Mystical creatures) also appear in the folktales handed down in Japan.


Japanese Cloth

Japanese traditional cloth

Traditional Japanese costumes include kimonos, kimono, and yukata.


Japanese fashion

In the modern era, various fashions became popular such as fast fashion, foreign fashion, unique Japanese styles such as Harajuku-kei, and subcultures such as gyaru, cosplay, Lolita, etc.

Fashion became more diverse.


Japanese food

Japanese food is also famous overseas. There are many Japanese restaurants overseas.


Wagashi (Japanese suites)

Not only in the field of cuisine, but also in the field of sweets, there are areas that are unique to Japan.

Daifuku, Mitarashi dango, Uiro, and Yokan are all types of Japanese sweets.


Manner

In Japanese cuisine, there is a unique manner of eating. The use of chopsticks is one example.


Japanese architecture

In Japanese architecture, traditional techniques are passed down from generation to generation.


Japanese traditional architecture

In many parts of Japan, houses have been built using building materials that have long been used in the local area.

Shrines, temples, castles, and private homes are built in a style unique to Japan.

In addition, the use of Shoji, Byobu, Noren (Each are type of screens) and Engawa (Veranda) are often used to create unique spaces in Japanese architecture.


Modern architecture

Since the Meiji era (1868-1912), European architectural styles and techniques have been introduced, and Japanese architecture has undergone major changes.

Until recently, most houses were made of wood, but nowadays, reinforced concrete and steel-framed houses are becoming more common.


Japanese living

Japanese traditional crafts

Traditional crafts have generally been used for daily life.

Unique traditions have been created in various local area of Japan as a result of local people's ingenuity in adapting to the nature, history, industry, and traditions of the region.


Traditioanal daily essentials

There are many traditional Japanese daily necessities that are still in frequent use today.

Tatami, zabuton (Japanese floor cushions), mosquito coils, kotatsu (Japanese table heater), etc. are all used on a daily basis in Japan. (But this may be rare in situations where young people live alone.)


Japanese Events

There are many different events in Japan. Some events are unique to Japan, while others are Western events arranged in a Japanese style.


Annual Events in Japan

Each month in Japan, various events occur. Here's some example.

  • Jan: New Year related events
  • Feb: Setsubun, Valentine's Day
  • Mar: Girls' Day(Hinamatsuri), White Day, Graduation
  • Apr: Entrance Ceremony
  • May: Golden week (Holiday season)
  • Jun: Fathers day
  • Jul: Star Festival (Tanabata)
  • Aug: Bon Festival (Obon)
  • Sep: Fall equinox
  • Oct: Halloween
  • Nov: Shichigosan (Shrine visit by children aged 3, 5, and 7)
  • Dec: Christmas,

Local Festivals

In addition to Japan's annual events, each region also has its own unique festivals.

Many of the festivals that have been held in Japan since ancient times use Mikoshi to worship the gods.


Japanese Entertainment

Entertainment

Traditional Entertainment

Traditional entertainment includes Noh, Kyogen, Kabuki, and Rakugo.

Modern Entertainment

New forms of entertainment such as theater and comedy (Manzai, Konto, etc.) are also on the rise.

Japanese gamble

Japan has its own unique form of gambling, such as pachinko and horse racing.

Restaurants and Drink

In Japan, there are many unique styles of restaurants, such as izakaya (Japanese style pubs) and ryotei (Japanese-style restaurants), as well as many places that have become popular as fast food, such as gyudon (beef bowl) restaurants.

Sightseeing / Travel

Since hot springs have taken root as a recreational activity, there are many places in Japan that are famous for hot spring tourism.

In addition to hot springs, there are many other famous sightseeing spots in Japan.


Fun activities and games

Traditional games

There are many traditional games in Japan such as Sugoroku, karuta, hanafuda, otedama, taketombo, etc.


Nature activities

Japan has four rich seasons, so people enjoy different activities in each of the four seasons.

People enjoy gathering wild vegetables in the spring, swimming in the sea in the summer, changing the leaves in the fall, and skiing in the winter for example.

Mountain climbing can be enjoyed all year round.

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Modern games

In the modern era, People now enjoy a variety of games. There are various contents such as video games.

Japanese video games are spreading all over the world, and Pokémon and Animal Crossing are among the most famous games.

Japanese sports

Traditional sports in Japan include sumo, kendo, jujitsu, kemari, karate, and many others.


Japanese art and literature

Japanese literature

Japanese literature has a long history, and there are many different types, including haiku, willow, and waka.

Japanese art

There are many types of Japanese art. In the field of painting, for example, there are calligraphy, ukiyoe, and Suibokuga (ink painting).


Japanese crafts and ceramics

In the field of crafts and ceramics, traditions are being created in a variety of areas, including maki-e, pottery, lacquerware, and Japanese dolls.


Japanese performing arts

In the field of performing arts, traditions have been created in various fields such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Japanese dance, traditional performing arts, etc.

Japanese music

Types of music

Various styles of music have emerged from Japan, from old music such as Gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) to folk songs, enka (traditional Japanese songs), and J-pop.

Traditional instruments

Japanese musical instruments have also developed over the history.

Koto (Japanese harp), shamisen (three-stringed instrument), and wadaiko (Japanese drum) are some of the Japanese traditional instruments.

Japanese movie

From Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" in 1950, to "Departures" in 2008, to the films of Studio Ghibli, Japan has produced films that have been highly acclaimed overseas.

Japanese Manga & Anime

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Japanese manga and anime are famous all over the world. In addition to various translated books, anime is also broadcasted on Netflix and other streaming services.


Japanese horticulture

Horticulture in Japan is a field that has developed its own traditions. Bonsai, in particular, has become famous overseas.

Japanese tattoo

Horimono, Japanese tattooing, ,is also an art form that has developed over the course of history.


Japanese subculture

You might heard of the name of Otaku, Gyaru, Cosplay etc. These are Japanese subculture.

There are a lot of subculture from Japan.


Japanese Work / Work Style

Japanese Company

There are many Japanese companies that are active in the world, such as Toyota, Shiseido, and Uniqlo.


Job Opportunitiies for foreigners

Japanese companies are beginning to actively invite foreign workers to their team and deal with globalization.

Working culture

The Japanese work culture is unique and foreigners might need to learn etiquette rules in Japan.


Unique words

"Nemawashi," is the word for a method of negotiation in which interests are coordinated in advance through informal meetings, and "Dango," is a word for a method of solving problems through discussions by upper management.


Karoshi

Karoshi (Overworking death) is often problem in Japan.

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