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    Both Japan and China sought inspiration and influence from the Western World; specifically the mighty powers of Great Britain, France, Germany and the United States of America. In Japan, the Meiji Restoration acted as a catalyst for modernization. The feudal system was abolished and the creation of a new modern state had begun. China on the other hand, was reluctant to accept the idea of modernization; it feared losing its traditional culture by inviting ideologies brought by the Western world.…

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    some have found loopholes such as Australia and Japan. Both have defied the areas need to succeed such as domesticable plants and animals, population size, cultural diffusion, climate, and natural resources. Australia is a highly developed area, and is continuing to grow yet came from a time where there were no cities on it at all with no real plants or animals. Somehow this country found its path and stuck with it to become what it is today. Japan started out with few cities, no natural…

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    the Kamakura period was violent, turbulent, and “characterized by a broad sense of pessimism, apocalypticism, foreboding, and anxiety” (N.pg). It does not require a far reach into Nichiren’s writings to discover insight as to the shaky state of Japan during the priest’s time. It is inarguable that Nichiren stands out as one of the most controversial figures in Japanese Buddhism. His harsh criticisms of the Japanese government, along with other Buddhist sects even earned him two separate…

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    way it works. From learning about the history of East Asia, we now have a better understanding of why it works the way it does today, and that makes us less ethnocentric and more empathetic toward others. This course has allowed me the opportunity to grow more as a global citizen, and to see where I have achieved and failed at pushing to see beyond myself and be a more inclusive person. Asides from the overt growth of knowledge about East Asian and its history, I have also gained an…

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    The Last Samurai Review: Set in 1876, The Last Samurai is about American mercenary Nathan Algren (played by Tom Cruise) who goes to Japan to help train and modernise their army. Along the way, Algren is taken in by the very samurai rebels he had been sent to help destroy. Algren adopts traditional Japanese ways and is soon fighting alongside his former enemy against the imperial forces. The film's samurai leader Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) and his rebellion against the Japanese government are…

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    Woodblock Prints Japanese artists have produce some outstanding work through the years, from statues to beautiful architecture. Out of all the refined traditional art of Japan, the Japanese woodblock prints are probably the most widely known work. Woodblock printing was used in China for centuries for printing books, but it was adopted in Japan during the Edo period. During this period the prints represented mostly sexual workers of that time period. With time their subject changed and these…

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    Christian Persecution in Tokugawa, Japan Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Introduction Japan, as a country in the Far East, has had a mixture of history, especially when it comes on the way it diplomatically interacts with the rest of the world. At some point it has been identified as a friend of the west, whereas at some other point it has presented herself as an enemy of the same. A good example of historical events, which present Japan as a controversial country in a global…

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    Japanese Urbanization

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    History has shown that the rise of nations follows a specific path. First, urbanization grows as individuals move to cities in order to find jobs and resources. Next, modernization and industrialization occur as a result of more people living in close proximity to one another. Evidence of this can be seen in the change of architecture since houses normally become restructured to fit more buildings in smaller spaces. Other aspects that often occur while a nation is rising is militarization along…

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    Sakoku In Japan

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    that even have the resources for such an endeavor. This is the perceived vision of what Japan was like during the Tokugawa period, where the Shoguns employed an idea of Sakoku in Japan. But what does Sakoku mean? There is a literal translation of closing down the country, but the foreign relations policy did not follow this word for word translation . Along with the Tokugawa Edict, the Shoguns are marked in history for their impressive political stability, but their stability came from their…

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    Shrine, the Witness of Japanese Religion, Culture and Art Japan is very famous for both its traditional culture and its modern culture. Talking about traditional Japanese culture, shrine is one of the things that people would think of the most; and talking about modern Japanese culture, people would usually think about anime, games, etc. but even in these modern culture, there is still a high rate that shrine would exist. When people walk in Japan, they could find a lot of shrines. The size of…

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