Japanese culture Essay example

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Japanese culture

The small island country of Japan is rich in a culture that has developed over thousands of years. It is very difficult to analyze another culture without some knowledge of that culture first. During my two year residency in Japan, my eyes were opened to the culture of Japan and its people and I grew to love it as much as my own. (The ideas expressed in this essay mainly consist of my own knowledge and observations of Japan). The Japanese are a very traditional people. But this should not be confused with a primitive people, because the Japanese are not primitive by most dictionaries' definitions of the word. Japan has been changing in recent years in its view of its own economy, in its social interactions
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And with their math and science skills and hard work combined, they are one of the world's leaders in high technology. Over half of Japan's total economy is represented by the exports of this high technology. Automobiles and electronics (televisions, stereos, video games) are among the goods that Japan sells to other countries for high profit, thus high economic gain. Therefore, it can reasonably be said that Japan is a rich country.

The Japanese people have this wealth divided fairly evenly among them. Most families are in the upper-middle class. But there are still social differences between different people within this culture. Japanese people are very fad-oriented. They want the newest and the best in every thing they have. As a result, they only buy name-brand clothes and goods. Having name-brand things is a sign of their social status. If they can afford "better" things, then their status is higher.

Social status is very important to the Japanese. For example, the depth of one's bow when meeting depends upon the other person's status comparative to one's own. If it is higher, then one's bow must be deeper, bending at the waist. If it is lower, then just a slight nod of the head may suffice. But that is to be judged the instant one meets someone for the first time. There is also a language, called "keigo," within the Japanese language that is specifically…

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