Japan 's Unique Geographical Conditions And Its Long History Essay

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Brief Description of Japanese Culture
Both Japan’s unique geographical conditions and its long history, created today’s unique Japanese culture. The Japanese culture is a complex and sophisticated system that has been developing within itself and under the influences of neighbor countries for thousands of years. Geisha, Samurai, sakura, tea ceremony, Japanese gardens, kimonos, Japanese characters and language and Shinto constitute the traditional Japanese culture.
Japan has received foreign cultural influences throughout its history, for example European, Asian, Chinese as well as North American Culture. Traditional Chinese culture had great influences on traditional Japanese culture such as Confucianism and Buddhism. However, no matter how frequently and how far the exchanges between Japan and other cultures have been in the past, the Japanese culture has had developed many characteristics different from China and from the West (embJapan).
The concept of harmony “wa” plays a great role in Japanese culture. Compared to most other Western cultures, Japanese tend not to express their feeling directly. For example, when two people are arguing with each other, the Westerns would show their anger and say: "why don’t you get what I said?", while the Japanese would hide their anger with their masks of politeness and say: “why don’t you understand my feeling?” The Japanese are tend to be more tolerant, often in different ways to maintain the surface of harmony instead of direct…

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