The culture of Japan resulted from a historical process that began with the relocation of the ancestors of the Japanese people on the Japanese archipelago from the continent and the emergence of a culture of Jomon. Modern Japanese culture was strongly influenced by Asian countries (especially China and Korea), Europe and North America.
One of the features of Japanese culture is its long development period in complete isolation of the country (sakoku policy) from the rest of the world during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which lasted till the middle of XIX century — beginning of the Meiji period.
The culture and mentality of the Japanese was influenced by an isolated territorial situation of the country, geographical and climatic features, as well as specific natural disasters (frequent earthquakes and typhoons), which resulted in a kind of Japanese attitude to nature as a living creature. The ability to admire the immediate beauty of nature as a feature of national character of Japanese, found expression in many art forms of Japan.
The history of Japanese culture:
The Jomon (10 thousand years BC — 300 BC) — first examples of ceramics, jewelry and female figurines the dog
The Yayoi (300 BC — 300 ad) — the transition Continue reading
The Japanese do not celebrate the New year in our understanding. New year’s eve, they quietly go to sleep, but Wake up early in the morning and all go together to see the sunrise of the New year. We, of course, also met some new year’s dawn, but in a completely different state.
The Japanese have no jokes, but a kind of sense of humor.
2. Never say never
People in Japan try never to say the word NO, just replacing it with a polite departure from the topic, or this agreement is non-binding, and, ultimately, leads nowhere.
The Japanese have virtually no jokes. It’s hard to imagine, but true.
In Japan it is considered very unseemly, if You do not have a business card. So the Japanese even in the pool are wearing special waterproof small bags for business cards.
Courtesy is still in Japan comes to the extremes. Instead of pozhimanie hand the Japanese use the bows, and need to bow as many times as it did to You. The situation comes to the absurd. For example, if the Japanese decided to order sushi home, and if he can get a very polite courier delivery sushi home, this favor can take a lot of time! Guests will gather, and the courier will arrive very polite: then to bow, may take more than one minute! Continue reading
Alcohol is a longtime enemy South Korea, and the level of alcoholism in the country takes the 7th place in the world. Korean drinking has its own characteristics. Almost all working Koreans once a month, and many every weekend, arrange with your colleagues feast, accompanied by copious libations.
Such events are called haesik (“hoesik”) and during these feasts required to comply with many rules. For example, if the elder is pouring the drink, the younger must necessarily hold a glass with both hands. If the Junior pours the senior, then the bottle should also hold on with both hands. One hand can be used only to pensioners and people, exposure power. Toast during the “hoesik” follow one another, and to drink all necessarily.
Because such traditions “corporate culture” South Korea is the 13th largest in the world in alcohol consumption per capita, and in terms of pure alcohol per citizen per year accounts for almost 15 L. Among Asian countries is an absolute record.
Every nation has its funny superstitions. For example, Continue reading