The Culture And History Of Japan Essay

2090 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
In order to understand the culture and history of Japan, it is important to look at the topic of religion. Religion helps to shape the morals and beliefs of people, and also establishes shared cultural experiences, such as burial practices, recognition of holidays and festivals, worship, and prayer. Many religions require the construction of architectural features in order for these beliefs to be taught and for cultural experiences to have a place to be shared. These religious works of architecture can be found all across Japan and are integrated into both natural environments and modern metropolises in order to be accessible to all the people who need their services. The two most popular religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism, which both have had a significant historical presence and role in the formation of modern day Japan (Religion 66). The two religions also have distinct architectural sites of worship. In Shinto, these sites are called Shrines while in Buddhism, temples are the center of religious activity. Shrines and temples can be seen in several Japanese films, such as Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Mr. Baseball, and Ran, due to their significant cultural presence. Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan and its beginnings can be traced back to the eighth century (Religion 65). It revolves around the worship of kami, or gods, that are found in all forms of nature, such as rocks or trees, and ancestors (Religion 70). The main kami in Shinto is Amaterasu,…

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