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Japan from past to future

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,

A Geisha

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!

An Ama diver

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.

Tokyo

I hope that you liked my first post. I’ll be back soon with a new article. Bye bye guys!

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6 thoughts on “Japan from past to future

  1. Hi Anonymous I enjoyed reading your article!!! My japanese flatmate told me everything about Japanese culture 🙂 As far as Geishas are concerned, she says that it is very difficult to become one because you have to be very talented-you must be an extremely good singer, musician and dancer. Most girls leave home and start training when they’re 15 years old; the training is generally 4 years long. The kimonos are extremely expensive (the average cost is more than 2000 euros!!!).Girls generally get one as a present when they are 20 years old and red is the most popular colour.
    As for Ama divers, my friend says less women are getting involved nowadays, the new generation is not interested because diving is very hard work.
    I am fascinated by Japanese culture which is steeped in the deepest traditions dating back thousands of years; I’m interested in its customs, traditions, its people, the traditional food and the unique and impressive Japanese gardens.
    Very interesting article! Keep it up 🙂

  2. Hi Anysh, thank you for what you said. I really love japanese culture because it is so differend from the other cultures in all the world. I would like to know more about this fantastic country: can you tell me what you know about their culture? 😀

  3. Sure! What would you like to learn more about? The education system? The food? The religion? Just let me know and my Japanese friend will be happy to answer any of your questions!

    • I’m really interested in their education system and their religion. In particular I know that there are a lot of ancient japanese myths that are really awersome 😀

  4. As far as the education system is concerned, children start elementary school when they’re 6 years old and they finish when they’re 12 years old. They study Japanese, Maths, Science, Sociology, History, Music, PE and Home Economics (in which you learn how to cook and sew). They start learning English when they move onto junior high school but the education system has changed over the last two years so Engish is now taught in elementary school (but only in the last year). Students leave junior high school when they’re 15; the majority of students go to high schools but there are others who decide to go to work instead. Like in Italy there are many different high schools which specialise in languages, sciences or more specifically in architecture, catering, mechanics, economics or agriculture. There are rules students must respect when they’re at school like changing shoes when they are actually going into school and shoes have different colours according to the year you’re in. All elementary pupils must buy the same schoolbag (randoseru) and all pupils must clean the school-they have cleaning time in their timetable. They start school at 8.00 am and finish at 3.00pm; after school they have club activities like sports or arts&crafts workshops.
    As for religion, many people are buddhist or christian but the traditional religion is shinto which advocates the existence of many gods. Yuka, my flatmate, for example is not religious but her family is buddhist.
    You also asked me about myths. Well, Yuka told me the most famous one is about Susanoo and Orochi. She doesn’t remeber the story clearly but she says you can look for it online! I hope Yuka’s little insight was helpful 🙂
    SAYONARA 😉

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