Japan Culture

Japan culture is really amazing and unique because it blends its own ancient culture with those of Asia, Europe and North America to create something totally new and different.
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Because Japan’s an island country, its always been isolated from those around it. One things that’s fascinating about Japanese culture is how it takes things from foreign countries and innovates to create something new. Everywhere in Japan you can see foreign things that have been tailored to suit Japanese tastes and ideas.

The biggest cultural influence comes from China and Korea. From about the 7th to the 12th centuries, Japan received a massive amount of cultural influence from China through the Korean peninsula.
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Japan History

Japan history is a unique part of the Japan travel experience. The country is alive with history, with interesting historical sights everywhere.
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The earliest signs of civilization in Japan show that they were hunter gatherers with some limited farming. Few know facts about early Japan, but they were one of the first societies in the world to make pottery.

Around the 8th century, Japan began receiving ideas and technology from China and Korea on a massive scale. Among the things that came to Japan were Buddhism and Chinese writing. This is officially the beginning of the state of Japan, and the time of its first emperor, who was supposedly descended from a Shinto god.
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Sumo

Sumo Is The National Sport of Japan.
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A sumo wrestling match at Ryogoku Kokugikan. The referee yells and it begins. Two giant bellies slap together as the crowd cheers. They lock arms and go flying off the ring. One lands back-first in a group of sumo-goers who are enjoying their lunch o-bentos at ringside. As quickly as it has begun, the match is over.

Sumo is officially Japan’s national sport. It is a unique aspect of Japanese culture that is known worldwide. An outing to see sumo wrestling is a must for any traveler to Japan.

Sumo is an ancient sport. The exact origins of sumo are unknown. It is mentioned in the earliest written texts of Japan, from around the 8th century AD. It is said that sumo started with the gods fighting to see who was more powerful.
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Japanese Garden

A trip to Japan is not complete without seeing a Japanese garden.
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You can stroll around and look at the variety of flowers or the arrangements of rock and bamboo. Or you can sit and quietly contemplate. A Japanese garden offers a place to stop and take a quiet break from the world.

The Japanese garden is an art form. It is an old tradition that goes back to Japan’s classical age. The image of a monk meticulously raking the pebbles of a Japanese garden comes to mind. The garden is an important part of any temple complex. It is a space used for quiet contemplation. The placement of all the rocks and flowers, as well as the brushed sand and pebbles, is arranged to lead the mind into contemplation.

The style of Japanese gardens is so well known that there are famous Japanese gardens outside of Japan. In the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe you can visit famous gardens inspired by Japan.

These gardens usually contains water, a bridge to an island, lanterns and a teahouse and pavilion. In small gardens where there is no water, there may be a flower arrangement designed to look like a waterfall, to remind the viewer of water. All of these elements are highly symbolic.
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Japanese Culture

What do you think of when you think,”Japanese culture?” Samurai, geishas, tea ceremonies, people wearing kimonos and wearing swords? Or video games, anime, super trains and “salarymen”?

I hate to tell you this, but the samurai are all gone, and nobody wears swords anymore.

Japan is as modern as modern gets, but its traditional culture is alive and well. If you want to see what Japan’s all about, there are lots of ways to go about it. Here are some suggestions for seeing Japan culture at its best.

Kyoto

Ask anybody and theyfll tell you, Kyoto is the place to go. Kyoto is a historic city, surrounded by mountains, where you can see more of traditional Japan than anywhere else. Kyoto is most famous for its temples. Kiyomizutera, Kinkakuji and Ryoan-ji, just to name a few. These are not just historic monuments, but places visited all year around by Japanese tourists. I had a Japanese friend say to me once, “Looking at a temple in Kyoto- that is Japanese Soul.” In addition to temples, in Kyoto you can sample Japanese maccha ice cream and have your picture taken with geishas.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji can be seen from all over Japan and it has fired the imaginations of Japanese people for centuries. For a true Japan travel experience, you can climb Mount Fuji. It’s a long way to the top, but you can choose different tours. If you’re not up for the whole climb, you can do a partial one. I can tell you, the first time you see Mount Fuji in the distance, it will take your breath away.

Hot springs

Japanese people have enjoyed their natural hot springs for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. They are called onsen, and are located in the mountain areas all over Japan. There’s nothing like sitting and relaxing in an onsen in the cool mountain air. People from the cities flock to the onsens any chance they get. Most are located in resorts where you can also enjoy other activities.

Tokyo

Finally, you can get the full experience of modern Japan in any number of Tokyo’s busy wards. In Akihabara, you can see the latest in electronics; in Harajuku and Shibuya, you can see the latest in fashion; in Ginza and Odaiba, some of the best shopping in the world; and for nightlife, Roppongi or Shinjuku on Tokyo’s west side.

Japan’s cultural treasures have something for everyone!
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