Japanese Culture Has Many Facets
The culture of the Japanese has long mystified many
individuals. It has, however, evolved largely over the years. Today, this
culture can be said to be a hybrid of sorts. If you look closely at Japan to
examine the culture, then influences from America, China, Europe and even
India can be seen.
Much of this has to do with the fact that many people throughout history have chosen to immigrate to Japan to make it their home. Whatever the reasons why individuals chose to move to Japan to live they not only brought their own cultural ideas with them, but took many from Japan as their own.
One thing that has always played a huge role in the culture of the Japanese is their language. While their language is spoken the most in their country, it is also used around the world in many communities that are home to emigrant Japanese people. Around the world where those individuals live and still wish to keep the culture of their home land, they continue to speak the language within their communities. This is in keeping with the traditions of Japan to keep them alive.
Another part of the culture is Japanese art. Their forms of art include paintings, calligraphy and sculptures. Calligraphy is a traditional form of writing that is well known in China Japan and other Asian countries. While calligraphy is an art form in itself, it also contains other forms of art.
What is written with calligraphy may be a poem, a story, a well known phrase or simply a single character. This form of writing is not easy to learn and many who try have to make several attempts at the writing to make it perfect. Japanese Cuisine, Japanese music and the Japanese style of living are also elements that make this country unique.
It is important to many Japanese individuals, even if they have moved from Japan to other places, to continue to speak their language whenever possible. This could include individuals who live in a community that is mostly made up of individuals from Japan or those simply keeping the language alive within their own family.
This is partially due to the fact that the language is such a large part of the culture. While most of the language has stayed true to form over the years, there are aspects that have changed. Other cultures introduced their own vocabulary to the people of Japan and many words have taken on a life of their own, no matter what culture they are from.
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