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Japanese Culture
Introduction
The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over the years, from the country's original Jomon culture to its contemporary hybrid culture, which combines influences from Asia, Europe and North America. After several waves of immigration from the continent and nearby Pacific islands, followed by a heavy importation of culture from China, the inhabitants of Japan experienced a long period of relative isolation from the outside world under the Tokugawa shogunate until the arrival of the "The Black Ships" and the Meiji era. As a result, a culture distinctively different from other Asian cultures developed, and echoes of this persist in contemporary Japan.

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Travel
Japan
Islands
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
 
Japan Destinations
Tokyo
Kyoto
Mount Fuji
Tama River
Dōtonbori
Akihabara
Ashiyu
Fukuoka
Tōdai-ji
Hōryū-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Nijō Castle
Gojunoto
Gardens
Onsen
 
Economy
Yen - the currency of Japan.
Japanese Coins - introduced in 1870.
 
Martial Arts
Budō - Japanese term for martial arts.
Karate - from Chinese kenpō.
 
Ceremonies/Clothing
Japanese tea ceremony
Otoshidama - pocket money.
Seiza - formal way of sitting.
Kimono - clothing of Japan.
Jūnihitoe - elegant kimono.
 
Entertainment
Geisha
Kabuki
Noh
Otedama
Sugoroku
Manga
 
Japanese Society
Japanese family structure
Japanese names
Buddhism
Bushi
Jizō
Tsuchigumo
Sensei
Education in Japan
Japanese University Entrance Exams
Radio taisō
Kansai dialect
Japanese mobile phone culture
Shinkansen
Seishun 18 Ticket
Geography
Weather
Climate
Typhoon
Haru Ichiban
 
Celebrations
Moon viewing
Matsuri
Tanabata
Hanami
Sakura
Kōyō
Gion Matsuri
 
Japanese Folklore
Mukashibanashi - an old time story.
Hoichi the Earless - mythology.
Taketori Monogatari - 10th century.
Yuki-onna - a spirit or yōkai.
Hitotsume-kozō - monsters.
 
Music/Poetry
Shamisen
Shakuhachi
Taiko
Ue o muite arukō
SMAP
Ringo Shiina
Haiku
Hyakunin isshu
 
Art forms
Ikebana - flower arrangement.
Calligraphy - traditional writing.
Ningyo - dolls in Japan.
Woodblock Printing - Yukiyo-e.
Kanji - Chinese characters.
 
People/Films
Bokuzen Hidari - actor/comedian.
Masumi Kuwata - baseball pitcher.
Yuji Naka - game designer.
Densha Otoko - Japanese movie.
Good Morning - 1959 comedy film
Spirited Away - Award winning film.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
 
Whatever
Toilet
Bijin
Uchuujin
Keibiin
Chuushaihan
Nissan Motor Company
Japanese rhinoceros beetle
Akita
Shiba Inu
 

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