Culture and History

Japan is known to be a powerful nation. Historically, Japan was on the movement of imperialism invading its neighboring countries such as Korea, the Philippines and so on. Despite this, neighboring countries still salute the nation of Japan. The dominance of the country did not stop there. In fact, it is dominating the whole Asia and even competing with other powerful nations in the world. Whenever people talk about most powerful, most developed, most visited country and the like, Japan is never out of the list.
Japan is located in the east of Asia. We call the people as Japanese, with yellow complexion and whose eyes are small, slanted and singled eyelid. Two main religions surround Japan – Buddhism and Shinto. Shintoism involves in the devotion and worship to spiritual beings which are invisible. People in this religion can worship at home or into Shrines (it is a holy place where they worship, equivalent to church for Christians).


Shintoism actually originated in agricultural pre-history of Japan where in most of its festivals are tied to farming seasons. Generally, the objective of Shintoism is to promote purity and harmony. On the other hand, Buddhism is not oriented around God but it is oriented around man. Buddhists (believers in Buddhism) perceived sufferings differently from the common perception. Instead of blaming someone for their suffering, they believe that people make their own suffering. It is a matter of choice, way and decision. Since they do not center in God, it is a self-empowering religion.


Japanese culture is a kind of isolated and unique. Although some parts of it are under the influence of Europe and North America, we can see that Japanese culture is more of its uniqueness. Furthermore, people of Japan are gentle, polite and hospitable like other Asians.