JAPANESE CULTURE - Over 220 pages of Japanese culture including traditional Japanese culture like Geisha, Samurai, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese gardens, kimonos and Japanese Language. Plus modern Japanese culture such as modern Japanese fashion and music.

Japanese culture, particularly traditional Japanese culture has many roots in traditional Chinese culture, however Japanese culture, even historically differed from Chinese culture and due to the separation of the two land masses, plus the enforced periods of isolation from the outside world, further extended the differences between the two cultures.

It is with some irony then that in modern times that the younger Chinese generations have looked to modern Japanese culture as a source of inspiration, particularly in field of Japanese fashion culture, where the Chinese are inspired by Japanese fashion magazines.

Japanese Temple - Japanese Culture

Japanese Temple - Japanese Culture


Japanese Culture - Geisha

Geisha are famous female traditional entertainers, who sing, dance, play traditional Japanese musical instruments and engage their clients with interesting conversation. Today there are still some active Geisha in places such as Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Japanese Culture - Samurai

Samurai were a traditional warrior class in pre-industrial Japan, who were easily recognised as they were the only men allowed to carry two swords. Samurai were committed to a single daimyo (normally a wealthy leader).


Japanese Culture - Fashion

Japanese fashion isn't just a set of modern fashion trends and sub cultures. Japanese fashion includes many traditional forms of clothing including the kimono and its associated accessories.

Japanese Culture - Kimono

The Kimono is the most famous form of traditional Japanese clothing for women. The Kimono is actually a style with many different forms; from the casual to the wedding style, all which have a particular meaning and are wore to different events or occasions.


Japanese Culture - Tea Ceremony

The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a highly developed art form, with several different schools or styles of Japanese Tea Ceremony in existence. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a very formal event in which many exacting steps are followed.

Japanese Culture - Wedding Ceremony

Traditional Japanese weddings ceremonies are normally based on the Japanese Shinto religion ceremony. Traditional Japanese weddings are major occasion with the wearing of traditional Japanese clothing including the bride in the wedding kimono.


Japanese Culture - Music

Japanese Music is a major part of Japanese culture which spans from the traditional Japanese music and instruments to modern Japanese music including J-POP and Japanese Rock Music.

Japanese Culture - Music Koto

The Koto is one of the most refined and sophisticated of the traditional Japanese musical instruments. To the western ear the Koto would sound similar to a harp. What is equally amazing about the Koto, is seeing it carried by petite Japanese woman.


Japanese Culture - Bon-Odori Festival

Bon-Odori Festival is a traditional Japanese summer festival featuring Japanese drum music, dancing and special summer food.

Japanese Culture - Shichi-Go-San Festival

Shichi-Go-San Festival is a traditional Japanese festival where parents celebrate on the fifteenth of November their children growing up as they turn three, five and seven years of age.

Japanese Culture - Japanese New Year

Japanese New Year is celebrated at same time of the year as western countries, but is celebrated in a distinctive style. Japanese New Year is an important family time of the year and there are many traditions involved.

Japanese Culture - Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan for most Japanese is a variation on the more commercial style Christmas seen in many western countries. However, there are some Christian Japanese who follow a very old style of celebration.


Japanese Culture - Japanese Castles

Japanese Castles were the key to structure and life of many Japanese cities. This extensive section provides information on over 110 Japanese Castles, including condition, style, history, location and pictures.

Japanese Culture - Japanese Temples

Japanese Temples are Buddhist temples found throughout Japan, which date back over one thousand years. There are several Japanese Temples which are World Heritage Sites. This extensive section provides information on almost two hundred Japanese Temples throughout Japan including their style, history, location and pictures.

Author: Craig Fryer

Japanese Culture