Essay about Japanese and Indian Cultures

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Japanese and Indian Cultures Sample Student ANT 101 November 16, 2009

Japanese and India Cultures

All countries in the world are unique and differ greatly from one another. Even though, they have many differences, they still have many things in common. When one thinks of Japan and India, not many similarities come to mind. They may come up with similarities such as, Japan and India are both Asian countries and both have roots in Buddhism. But, actually they share several more cultural similarities. The Japanese culture and the Indian culture are similar in that they both believe in the importance of a joint family system, education and gender roles, but they
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Nov. 2009). Even though, infanticide isn’t a common practice in most societies today; it still exists in Japan and India. In honor of the birth of a son, both Japanese and Indian families celebrate a special day for their male children. Japan celebrates “Children’s Day”-this national holiday celebrates the growth and happiness of children. The Japanese families fly kites in shape of carp to show Japanese boys the importance of strength and courage. Much like the Japanese’s tradition, Indian families also celebrate a “Children’s Day”-this day is to remind the family of their commitment to the welfare and the rights of children. In a traditional Japanese and Indian family, it’s the responsibilities of the children to care for their parents in their old age. Usually, it’s the wife of the eldest son that cares for the aging parents.

Education is very disciplined and taken serious in both Japan and India. Students in both countries do very well in Science and Math. Students are required to wear school uniforms. Females make up less than half of the students in school, due to the discrimination toward females. As education becomes a bigger part of society and the number of students continues to increase, it will have a positive impact of their economies.

Gender roles between Japan and India are similar. The men’s roles in the

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