Japanese Popular Culture Research Paper

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Japanese Popular Culture
Japanese culture, particularly traditional Japanese culture has plenty of roots in traditional Chinese culture. However, Japanese culture is rich and diverse, dating back to 10,000 BC when the Jomon people first settled in Japan. It is widely known for its traditional arts and its contemporary pop culture. Nowadays in Japan it is still possible to notice kimono-clad women shuffling down the street with umbrellas overhead and oversized sumo wrestlers battling competitors out of the ring. Moreover, a sophisticated cuisine, unique social customs and refined performing and visual arts also contribute to a culture which has become attractive and sometimes fashionable for plenty of foreigners. Therefore, this essay will discuss
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Popular culture and worldwide interest in Japanese productions often stems from Japanese television. For instance, the privately owned television network NTV is the highest rated network in Japan and since 2002 has regularly acquired top ratings for the all day, primetime, and golden time. Programming on NTV includes popular anime, dramas, news and games for audiences who are from all the around the world. In addition, in the anime industry, starting in 1989 with the release of Akira, anime has had a substantial development in the United States and other western countries. However, it was not until much later into the 1990s and early 2000s that the popularity began to truly take off. Certain animations can be attributed for the growth of animation including the introduction of serialized Shonen such as Dragonball Z in the mid-1990s and the launch of Pokemon in America in 1998. These animations represented for young audiences but older audiences still drew great attention to these animations and films such as Ghost in the Shell and the work of Hayao Miyazaki gained international acclaim. Moreover, western animation has been influenced greatly by Japanese anime such as Teen Titans, IGPX and many western animation uses Japanese common themes and design choices. Collaborations between western and Japanese production studios have increased with locations such as Los Angeles and …show more content…
For instance, in the Japanese current society, pop culture is used as an escape from the busyness and stress of everyday life. With more than 90% of all Japanese men and women said they spend at least 2 hours a day watching TV shows and dramas and almost 20% said they spend almost the same amount of time engaged in hobbies. Moreover, other factors in the development of pop culture is the busy working life of Japanese society that plenty of Japanese people want to find a way to release and transportation on trains and subways that gives an opportunity for Japanese people to read Manga and use their mobile phone to watch cosplay shows. In the western countries, Japanese pop culture such as cosplay is the mainstream of society and the increasing number of people get involved into these pop culture activities, which can boost the development of Japanese pop culture. Moreover, it is widely believed that Japanese food is based on the principle of health and longevity and is one of the most popular cuisines for foreigners in the world. In reality, food is vital for human beings not only for living but also for satisfying the needs of aesthetic needs. Nutritious food is the vital source of a long healthy life and Japanese people believe that Japanese cuisine could be beneficial for people to eat rather than what people feel to eat. Firstly, Japanese cuisine believes that consuming proteins in

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