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Japanese life and culture! live in harmony with nature and people

From here I would like to introduce you to Japanese life and culture. I think that the keyword to understand Japanese life and culture is "Harmony". Therefore, I would like to summarize Japanese life and culture from this viewpoint of "harmony" on this site.

"Harmony" which is based on Japanese life and culture

What image do you have about Japan? From some people, Japan seems to be a very difficult country to understand.

Japan may be "Galapagos" in a sense. In an island country away from the continent, unique living and culture has been nurtured.

After coming to Japan, many people are surprised at the life and culture that have developed like the Galapagos.

While enormous cities such as Tokyo and Osaka develop, the rich nature of the four seasons welcomes visitors.

Traditions such as shrines, sumo and kabuki still remain, but new cultures such as animation, cosplay, robots, etc. are born one after another.

A country where all contradictory things are symbiotic. That is Japan.

If you click the image below, you will be brought to the world of Japanese mysterious harmony.

I have prepared various pages, so please visit a lot of pages and have fun.

Harmony with Nature, Japan = Adobe Stock

Life and Culture

2020/5/12

Harmony with Nature! Life in the changing seasons of Japan

There are four rich seasons in Japan. Japanese agriculture follows the changes in the four seasons accordingly and when rice grows in abundance the Japanese hold festivals to thank god. In this cycle of four seasons, various unique cultures have developed. I would like to introduce to you the lifestyle and culture of the Japanese people and their relationship with the nature in Japan. Table of ContentsLiving with grace from rich seasonsRecommended videos about Japanese life Living with grace from rich seasons   When do you plan to travel to Japan? In Japan, the atmosphere changes greatly depending on the season. Therefore, I recommend that you look into the climate of the season you want to travel. Here, I intend to introduce every month and how it relates to the four seasons of Japan. Please select the season in which you are interested from the above image to visit the page.   Recommended videos about Japanese life   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Life & Culture" About me Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Japanese life and culture! live in harmony with nature ...

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Life and Culture

2019/7/26

Harmony with people! 4 historical backgrounds that Japanese cherish the harmony with the surrounding people

The Japanese cherish the harmony with the surrounding people. If you come to Japan, you will feel it throughout the city. For example, as the following movie shows, when Japanese people cross the intersection, they carefully cross each other. I think that there are four historical backgrounds in these Japanese characteristics. On this page, I will explain about this point. Table of ContentsJapanese cherish harmony with nature as well as natureThe Japanese have lived in cooperation with the people of the same villageThe Japanese have never received a major invasion and have little conflict experienceJapanese have been taught to live in harmony with surroundings in modern educationThe Japanese experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake and again realized the importance of harmonyTo people who want to know more about Japanese hospitality Japanese cherish harmony with nature as well as nature Do you know the intersection of Hachiko in Shibuya, Tokyo? Many of the foreign tourists who came to Japan come to see this intersection. First of all, please see the video below. Even in the intersection where a lot of people cross at a time, the Japanese can compromise each other and can proceed without hitting them. Usually, Japanese are not walking with nerve very much. These behaviors have been inherited from long ago, and Japanese do this without being conscious. For Japanese people, it is extremely natural to live in harmony with the surrounding people. It is commonplace for Japanese people to avoid people around at a big intersection. Therefore, the Japanese could not understand ...

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Portrait of a Maiko geisha in Gion Kyoto = shutterstock

Life and Culture

2019/7/27

Harmony of Tradition & Modernity (1) Tradition! Geisha, Kabuki, Sento, Izakaya, Kintsugi, Japanese swords ...

In Japan, a lot of traditional old things have remained. For example, they are temples and shrines. Or they are competitions such as Sumo, Kendo, Judo, Karate. There are lots of unique facilities such as public baths and pubs amongst the cities. In addition, there are various traditional rules in people's lifestyle. It is one of the major characteristics of Japanese people to respect tradition. On this page, I will introduce a part of those traditional ones. Table of ContentsTraditional Japanese cultureTraditional Japanese life Traditional Japanese culture Geisha A Japanese geisha performs for a public event at a shrine in Kyoto = shutterstock Geisha is a woman who hospitals guest at the banquet by Japanese dance and Japanese songs. In modern Japan almost no longer exists, but still in Kyoto. In Kyoto, Geisha is called "Geiko". There are people who misunderstand the geisha as a woman selling herself. Geisha are quite different from women of that type. On the contrary, Geisha has acquired various cultures in addition to Japanese dance. They can entertain the wealthy guests with advanced education. "Maiko" is a young woman training in Kyoto, aiming at Geiko. They are in Gion. If you walk in the traditional street of Gion, you will be able to see those walking with beautiful kimonos. The performance of the Geiko is held like the above video in April every year. You can enjoy a wonderful stage there. Kabuki Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama which continues from the beginning of the 17th century. The person who ...

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Life and Culture

2019/7/26

Harmony of Tradition & Modernity (2) Modernity! Maid Cafe, Robot Restaurant, Capsule Hotel, Conveyor Belt Sushi ...

While many traditional cultures remain in Japan, very contemporary pop culture and services are born one after another and are gaining popularity. Some foreign tourists who came to Japan are surprised that tradition and contemporary things coexist. On this page, I will introduce the things that you can actually enjoy when you came to Japan. Table of ContentsCosplayMaid CafeRobot RestaurantMariCARShopping in Harajuku100 yen shopDepachikaConvenience StoreCapsule HotelConveyor Belt SushiVending MachineToilets Cosplay Cosplay is the act of disguising as a character such as cartoon or animation. The etymology of cosplay comes from the word "costume play" made in Japan. It is said that in the past, people were disguised as festivals long ago. It has been told that there were some events where the Geisha in Kyoto dressed as a character of the story and walked around the city. Contemporary cosplay may be based on such Japanese tradition. People who enjoy cosplay are called cosplayers. In Japan, many events and festivals where cosplayers gather are held. A representative event that foreigners can easily participate is COMIC MARKET which is held at Big Site in Tokyo. Please refer to the following site. >> The official website of COMIC MARKET is here In Tokyo, there is also a photo hall for cosplayers. For example, there is Cosplay Studio CROWN in Akihabara. Please refer to the following site. >> The official site of Cosplay Studio CROWN is here There are many shops in Akihabara that sell clothes for the cosplayers. Please refer to the video below. If you go to ...

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Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

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