Hi guys, I’m a new blogger and since this is my first post I hope that everybody will find it interesting.
Today I want to talk about Japanese culture.
Japan seems to be a utopian country in which ancient traditions are mixed with high technology.
In the past Japan was famous in particular for Geishas, who are traditional Japanese women that used to entertain people with dance, music and games,
and Ama divers, who are Japanese divers, for the majority women, that were famous in the past for collecting pearls. Now they are free-divers that dive for food like seaweed, shellfish and lobster. When they dive they always wear a white overall because they think that sharks are afraid of the colour white!
Another icon of Japanese culture are Samurais, the famous Japanese warriors, about whom I’m going to write soon.
Japanese culture is really rich: in the “land of the Rising Sun”, as Japan is called, there are indeed a lot of awersome legends that are connected to the present with the help of manga. Manga are comics created in Japan or by Japanese writers, “mangaka”. But manga aren’t only comics. They represent an expression of Japanese art that binds together people of all ages. In particular, in one of the most famous manga that i know, Naruto, we can find a lot of references to Japanese myths and gods. In this way the Japanese try to keep the most ancient expression of their culture alive .
Today we can find a lot of other bizarre things in Japan, for example: did you know that Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world? This aspect can indeed derive from their ancient traditions, because in the past suicide was accepted by Japanese culture as a noble act, a way of protecting honour and defending the reputation of the family.
However, Japan isn’t only tradition. In fact Japan is one of the most hi-tech countries in the world. In Tokyo for example, together with ancient castles and houses, we see a lot of skyscrapers and today this metropolis is described as one of the three “command centres” for the world economy, along with New York City and London.
I hope that you liked my first post. I’ll be back soon with a new article. Bye bye guys!