Introduction to Japanese Culture

Featuring full-color photos and illustrations all through, this article is a entire consultant to eastern culture.

The richness of Japan's historical past is popular world wide. The history of tradition that its society has produced and handed directly to destiny generations is certainly one of Japan's maximum accomplishments. In Introduction to eastern Culture, you'll learn an summary, via sixty-eight unique and informative essays, of Japan's so much remarkable cultural achievements, including:

• faith, Zen Buddhism, prepared marriages and Bushido
• Drama and Art—from pottery, portray and calligraphy to haiku, kabuki and karate
• Cuisine—everything from rice to uncooked fish
• domestic and game, from board video games similar to visit origami, kimonos and eastern gardens
The Japan of at the present time is a completely sleek, Westernized society in approximately each regard. in spite of this, the weather of an previous age are basically noticeable within the country's arts, gala's, and customs. This e-book specializes in the basic constants that stay in present-day Japan and their opposite numbers in Western culture.

Edited via Daniel Sosnoski, an American author who has lived in Japan considering 1985, those well-researched articles, colour images, and line illustrations supply a compact consultant to features of Japan that frequently puzzle the surface observer. Introduction to jap Culture is splendidly informative, a wanted primer at the cultural makeup and behaviors of the japanese. This ebook is bound to fascinate the scholar, vacationer, or someone who seeks to grasp and comprehend eastern tradition, eastern etiquette, and the historical past of Japan.

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Moreover, few Westerners realize that the an cient arts of judo and karate are relatively new to the Japanese. Judo, for example, evolved from jujutsu, a fo rm of h and- to-hand fighting originatin g from the sixteenth cen tury and intended for use by un armed samurai. Jujutsu was developed for use primarily on the battlefield. " Kana's judo consisted of two bas ic techniques: grappling and th rows. Usin g these a weaker man could t ak e ad van tage of a stronge r oppone nt's strength and momentum to throw h im off balan ce an d, hence, off his feet.

Or is h is concentration so weak that it would allow for a thrust at h is throat ( tsuki)? The moment one's guard is down th e opponent strikes and the point is lost. In contrast to the competition and accuracy of kendo, kyudo is a graceful , stylized ceremon y. Form and economy of movement are all-important, the target being secondary. As in kendo, a sh ort period of med itation is done before any practice. The most fascinating part of both kendo and kyudo for th e fore ign spectator is th e dramatic spectacle of the uniforms and the equipment.

In Tokyo, tourists from Japan and abroad visit the Kabuki-za daily. Their tour buses crowd together in the Ginza, loading and unloading passengers. Likewise, tour buses leave London, taking British as well as foreign tourists to Stratford-on -Avon. There, in Sh akespeare's home town, his plays are often performed outof-doors, just as they were during his lifetime. In England and in Japan the audiences at such performances h ave much in common. " Few of them understand everything th at is said onstage, but it does not matter.

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