Japanese Culture : A Unique Hybrid Society Of Traditional Animism And Buddhism

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Japan. Land of mystery, intrigue, tradition, technology, and oneness within the culture. A unique hybrid society of traditional animism and Buddhism, a theme of combining outside structures with national ideas that appears throughout its history, the Japanese culture has little standing in its way of social progress as compared to the thick stew of conservative religion that is pervasive in the United States. Combined with its beautiful vistas, clean cities, and incredibly low crime rate, Japan does indeed seem like the perfect liberal democracy for individuals that do not follow the heteronormative guidelines set forth by Western society. However, it 's more complicated than that. While Japan is indeed a stunning example of the superiority of a liberal democratic society, the isolation of the country throughout its history has led to a very nuanced societal world-view. Japanese culture itself tends to use a completely different spectrum of political and societal relationships than Western society, regardless--either fortunately or unfortunately--of external powers ' meddling throughout its history. This leads to some rather interesting comparisons: religion and politics, like Europe, are not explicitly linked, but until the end of the Second World War, the emperor was considered to be a living god, a relative of the sun goddess Amateratsu, and while this is considered to be an outdated belief only still held on to by far-right nationalists, its effects are seen throughout…

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