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The Japanese have been raised to think of themselves as part of a group, and their group is always dealing with other groups.
Japanese use a lot of discrimination -- Chinese and Koreans are usually referred to by their nationality, not as "gaijin", unless speaking in legal terms.
Japanese may say things very politely and vaguely, but if the meaning is not clear it's perfectly acceptable to ask for clarification.
www.thejapanfaq.com /FAQ-Primer.html   (7144 words)

  Japanese Culture Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Japanese cuisine is a product of its environment and people; the ease of acquiring fresh ingredients led to sushi, high temperature and humidity led to varieties of pickled and fermented food like natto and soy sauce, and an adaptation of foreign cuisines led to ramen.
Japanese is known to be related to the nearby Ryukyuan languages, forming the Japonic language family; an earlier theory that it is a language isolate related to no surviving tongues is a popular misconception.
The Japanese writing system is actually three or four writing systems used in tandem: kanji, which are logograms adopted from Chinese writing, and the two kana syllabaries, hiragana and katakana, which developed from kanji; the Latin alphabet, called romaji when used to write Japanese, is also common.
encyclopedia.localcolorart.com /encyclopedia/Japanese_culture   (1482 words)

 Japanese Speakers, Japanese Language and Culture Meetups, events, clubs and groups in your area
Japanese Speakers, Japanese Language and Culture Meetups, events, clubs and groups in your area
The Glasgow Japanese and Far-Eastern Culture Meetup Group
Or, see all Japanese Language and Culture Meetup Groups.
japanese.meetup.com   (176 words)

Understand the culture of Japanese music from the traditional Japanese music to the modern Japanese music styles.
Traditional Japanese weddings based on the Shinto religion are major occasion with wearing of the Japanese kimono including the wedding kimono.
Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by parents on the fifteenth of November in Japan, to mark the growth of their children as they turn three, five and seven years of age.
www.japaneselifestyle.com.au /culture/culture.html   (371 words)

 Japanese culture: What make Japan peculiar?
This page is an introduction to the Japanese culture, predominantly relating to Japanese festivals that the country celebrates.
The words for laugh in japanese language are basically only two "warau" and "emu" on contrary to the numerous english words for laugh.
The Japanese use Chinese letters in their alphabet, since they discovered that it was a more convenient way to express their traditional words, as well as European ones.
www.watanabesato.co.jp /jpculture/jpculture.html   (1181 words)

 Japan-zone.com - Japanese Culture, Food, Festivals, Kimono, Geisha
For many people, the mention of Japanese culture conjours up images of weird masks and extravagantly made-up actors twirling red umbrellas on a stage and elegant, kimono-clad ladies demurely pouring cups of tea in tranquil cherry-blossomed temples.
When it comes to food, the Japanese are as enthusiastic as anybody on earth - the changing seasons bring new delicacies and an excuse to travel the length of the country to sample local dishes.
Japanese food, sushi in particular, is popular arould the world and renowned for its health benefits
www.japan-zone.com /culture   (360 words)

 Japanese culture: Japanese letters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Japanese did not have letters until chinese introduced their letters in second or third century.
Usually today, hiraganas are used for expressing japanese orientated words, katakanas are used for expressing europe oriented words and chinese letters for chinese orientated words.
But don't worry, japanese postmen are accustomed to read english way of writing.
www.watanabegumi.co.jp /jpculture/letters/letters.html   (704 words)

 Japanese culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
This page is an introduction to the Japanese culture, predominantly relating to Japanese festivals that the country celebrates.
The words for laugh in japanese language are basically only two "warau" and "emu" on contrary to the numerous english words for laugh.
The Japanese use Chinese letters in their alphabet, since they discovered that it was a more convenient way to express their traditional words, as well as European ones.
www.watanabegumi.co.jp /jpculture/jpculture.html   (1145 words)

 Japanese Festivals and Japanese Culture
The Japanese culture is very unique from exotic festivals and foods to traditional art and historical temples.
The Japanese are well known for their hand crafted ceramic dishes to stunning lacquer bowls, plates, bento box and trays.
Japanese dishes are well beloved for their high quality and intricate craftsmanship.
www.explorejapan.com /jculture.htm   (227 words)

 Articles on Art
Seppuku is a ritual form of committing suicide in the Japanese society.
Behind this gruesome and barbaric act lies the concept in Japanese thinking that an honorable death is more desirable than a life in shame.
Japanese tattoo art has several names - irezumi or horimono - in the Japanese language.
www.artelino.com /forum/articles.asp?mey=16   (263 words)

 Japanese culture
Japanese history books often have big tables at the back showing which year of which era corresponds to which year of the Christian calendar.
Culturally they're very similar, and you'd never be able to tell a Korean apart on the basis of facial features alone.
Traditional plays like nô, kyôgen, and kabuki are of course the quintessence of Japanese culture, but the dialog (in medieval Japanese) is difficult to follow and, aside from one or two performances you were forced to sit through in school, you've never gone to see any.
www.zompist.com /japancult.html   (3333 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Japanese Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Originally heavily influenced by the neighboring Chinese culture in the period from 300 BC to 300 AD, the islands quickly found their own way and over the ensuing years have developed a breadth of integrated experience that is often baffling to the outsider or curious student.
Japanese long history and cultures is not just culture, I think, they have been made on the reasonable means, for instance Japanese Buddhism would be born on the tender mind that take care of other person.
He deals with Japanese culture chronologically, giving the reader a clear picture of the state of the country at the time any major cultural events took place, although avoiding any unecessarily long forays into the history of Japan which do not relate to cultural happenings.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0824821521?v=glance   (1555 words)

 Japan - Japanese Business Etiquette, Vital Manners, Cross Cultural Communication, and Japan's Geert Hofstede analysis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Culturally, the Japanese tend to be somewhat introverted in their ways.
The Japanese tend to be rather direct in their questioning of foreigners.
Understand that the Japanese prefer not to use the word no. If you ask a question they may simply respond with a yes but clearly mean no. Understanding this is critical in the negotiation process.
www.cyborlink.com /besite/japan.htm   (1476 words)

 Japanese Popular Culture in the Classroom | Japan Digest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Using Japanese popular culture in the classroom can be an effective way to teach authentic Japanese language and culture.
It can show how Japanese people talk and interact in the contemporary social context, and it can motivate students to learn by presenting subjects that are interesting to them.
Two forms of Japanese popular culture are manga (the generic term for comics and animation, but used here to mean "graphic novels") and anime (animation).
www.indiana.edu /~japan/digest3.html   (1447 words)

 Japanese Art and Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Art of Japan (California, U.S.) specializes in fine Japanese prints and paintings of the18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
Japanese art, culture and Japanese influence on Western art.
The project is a continuation of art works and projects held in different parts of the world over the last twenty years.
www.zeroland.co.nz /japan.html   (295 words)

 Japanese_Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Japanese women also tend to cover their mouths when they laugh.
This is not meant to hide laughter, instead it is a tradition which is deeply rooted in Japan’s Buddhist past.
Japanese people will greatly appreciate any effort made by foreigners who attempt to adapt to the Japanese culture.
plato.acadiau.ca /COURSES/comm/g5/Jap_Culture.html   (608 words)

 The Japan Project - Japanese Culture
This is an informative unit that teaches about Japanese history and culture through the use of hands-on activities.
This lesson's purpose is to acquaint the student with the chronological development of Japanese society.
This lesson introduces students to the historical background of Japanese civilization and it also compares the system of feudalism that developed in Europe to Japanese feudalism.
www.globaled.org /japanproject/lessons/lesson03.php   (213 words)

 Japanese Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Japanese Culture - Home Page : A large guide to both traditional and contemperary views of Japanese culture and history.
Japanese Culture and Society :An anthropologist's view of historical and contemporary Japan.
Michael's Japanese Culture Page : This site was created by a former politician from Sydney, Australia.
www.ecsu.ctstateu.edu /depts/edu/textbooks/japaneseculture.html   (185 words)

 Jim Breen's Japanese Page
Japanese Text Initiative of the University of Virginia Library's Electronic Text Center (also indexed under Literature) now has a Japanese Text Portal, which enables an automatic dictionary lookup of selected words using a linked WWWJDIC mirror.
Japanese educational resources is the one built and maintained by Charles Kelly.
Japanese Culture, with articles written by an American student of Japanese culture.
www.csse.monash.edu.au /~jwb/japanese.html   (10223 words)

 Japan Links
Culture & Society: Short video commentaries on a range of cultural and social aspects of life in Japan by well-known scholars Ted Bestor and Helen Hardacre.
Japanese arts--brief history overviews of woodblock printing, ceramics, and textiles.
Japanese Tutor gives Japanese writing and speaking lessons in addition to fun information and useful links.
www.culture-at-work.com /jpnlinks.html   (1556 words)

 Japanese Rice Culture
Japanese rice production also has to do with culture in a quite different sense, cultivation this time being closely interwoven with a cult.
The Japanese islands at that time comprised many countries and many peoples, as is still the case with parts of the Indonesian archipelago.
We are justified to talking of a rice culture by the philosophical basis of this environmental structure.
home.worldcom.ch /~negenter/473bTx_E01.html   (2434 words)

 JREF - Japanese Culture
Learn about the various sects and schools of Japanese Buddhism.
How can Japanese people avoid offending Westerners or avoid seeming racist, naive or stupid
The Japanese didn't drink cow milk until the late 1800's.
www.jref.com /culture   (221 words)

 Japanese-Online.com ::: Online Japanese Language & Culture Resource Community :::
This content teaches Japanese language and culture through the experiences of an expatriate family newly transferred to Tokyo.
His one year of Japanese language studies is paying off big time since he knows just enough to get around the city on his own and meet new friends.
He is a member of several professional organizations and has dedicated his life to the advancement of foreign language studies, striving to improve education in the international field.
www.japanese-online.com /NonMem_JLL.htm   (477 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: The Japanese Sword: A Comprehensive Guide (Japanese Arts Library)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths: From 1868 to the Present by Leon Kapp
Japanese writers, however freely they may acknowledge their country's indebtedness to her mainland neighbors in other cultural fields, consistently stress the uniqueness of the Japanese sword.
For people who just are interested by Japanese swords and want to find something out about them, this book is perfect.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0870115626?v=glance   (975 words)

 YesJapan.com - Culture Center
Browse through the varied culture sections and don't forget to find out more about our growing community of students learning Japanese @ YesJapan.com.
Although the movies and mass media portray an image of Japan and Asia in general as very strict and it seems that one incorrect gesture or if you are off a few degrees in your bow that you will dishonor your family for generations to come.
It is important to know that the Japanese are just like you and I. They are not the serious bound to protocol people that we are led to believe.
www.yesjapan.com /culture   (155 words)

 MasaManiA=Moral Entertainment - Japanese culture report by MasaManiA with fucking photo & poor English you never ...
Japanese culture report by MasaManiA with fucking photo & poor English you never seen at boring CNN, Time or major sophisticated jurnalism.
I want to say that China and Korea should thank to Japanese army that we don’t spend same money not for bombing china and korea but just for demonstration.
Even though we cannot see nor catch the wave, there must be lots of wave in the sky certainly in modern country, like mobile phone wave, police wave, TV wave, Radio wave, fire department wave, army wave, NASA wave and every day lots of secret important information exchanging is being done through the sky.
www.masamania.com   (1953 words)

 Japanese Culture: Religion (English)
A fascinating article written by Eido Tai Shimano that contrasts Western and Japanese views of religion from the Japanese perspective.
An introduction to Japanese shrines by Hideomi Nihira.
A good quick overview of Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism, with an orientation towards Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples.
www.nihongo.org /english/culture/religion   (115 words)

 Collin's Japanese Language & Culture Page
JFC is an excellent free Japanese flashcard program which you can get here.
In addition I have begun adding topics in Japanese (similar to a FAQ, but still in heavy need of editing), and have added a cross-referenced grammar table (has no real data yet).
Collected instances (incomplete) of language that is typical of feminine or masculine speech, to help serve as a guide as to what to imitate and what to avoid imitating in what you hear from native speakers.
www.epochrypha.com /japanese   (1694 words)

 The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Founded in 1986 at Columbia University, the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture is named in honor of Professor Donald Keene, internationally renowned scholar, Columbia University teacher, and interpreter of Japanese literature and culture to the West.
The Center is dedicated to advancing the understanding of Japan and its culture in the United States through university instruction, research, and public education.
In addition, the Center seeks to encourage study of the interrelationships among the cultures of Japan, other Asian countries, Europe, and the United States.
www.columbia.edu /cu/ealac/dkc   (118 words)

 Doll artist, Harakoushu/Japanese Traditional culture and art
To those who study art and want to know more about Japanese culture and art by coming into contact with them.
Please come to visit our store and study wonderful Japanese culture and art.
We launched this site in order to let people all over the world gain knowledge about Japanese culture and art.
www.goshiki-japan.com   (90 words)

 Japanese Culture (English)
Before you can really understand anyone, you have to have some idea of what their daily lives are like: Their traditions, their beliefs, their way of looking at the world.
From here you can explore the daily lives of Japanese.
Find out why you may see people wearing surgical masks walking on the street, how marriages are performed and what a day in a Japanese school is like.
www.nihongo.org /english/culture   (78 words)

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