Japan is one from developed countries. After 2nd world war Japan has focused on production and still they are ruling in their technology, their expertise in production. One of my friend from India told me that getting Japan’s visa is really hard for under developed countries. Every culture has some norms and customs that they follow. These norms and customs present them to all over the world. They have their own culture.
Geography of Japan
Rising Sun is another name of Japan. Its actually not name but it has been assigned by people because of its geographical territory. Geography of Japan is really instresting. Japan is country with thousands of islands; nearly 4000 kilometers to Pacific Coast of Asia. Honestly i can't cover all those names but Hokkaido, Kyushu & Shikoku are main islands for which Japan is known.
Rykuku is another Island in Japan in south of Kyushu. you won't believe that there are more than 200 volcano in Japant and 40 with volcanic activities. Horrible ! Japan is 70-80% convered with mountains. Have you heard Japanesse Alps? These are mountains of Hounshu Island. Fujiyama, the highest mountain of Japan. Its 3776 meter from Sea Level.
What is Culture?
Culture is the complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and other capabilities acquired by man as a member of society. Culture as a system of norms and values that are shared among a group of peoples and that when taken together constitute a design for living.
Religion in Japan
- There are two principal religions in Japan, Shintoism and Buddhism, officially followed by 54% and 40% of the population respectively.
- Japanese Buddhism is divided in 15 sects, although only 7 of them are still relatively common now days.
- Shintoismis more a set of traditions and customs than an actual religion. There are only a few thousands Muslims residing in Japan.
- There is a Christian minority in Japan, dating back from the contact with Portuguese and Spanish missionaries in the 16th century.
Feudalism in Japan
- The period of feudalism in Japan took place from the 12th through 19th centuries, and it marked an important period in the country's history.
- The first period of feudalism in Japan started with the Kamakura Period,
- The next period of feudalism in Japan was the Azuchi-Momoyama Period.
- Finally, the Edo Period lasted from 1800 to 1868
- Feudalism in Japan played an important role in shaping the culture and government of the country
Language in Japan
- Japanese is a language spoken by over 130 million] people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family.
- Japanese is the sixth most spoken language in the world, with over 99% percent of the country's population using it. Amazingly, the language is spoken in scarcely any region outside Japan.
- The Japanese language is written with a combination of three different types of scripts: modified Chinese characters called kanji and two syllabic scripts made up of modified Chinese characters, hiragana and katakana
Japanese Etiquette and Customs or Manners
The bow is firmly embedded in Japanese culture. The Japanese bow when they meet and part from one another (when Westerners would use a handshake), to express gratitude, to show deference to superiors, and in many other social situations.
- The exchange of gifts is an accepted custom in Japan.
- Gift-giving is highly ritualistic and meaningful.
- The ceremony of presenting the gift and the way it is wrapped is as important & Sometimes it is more important than the gift.
- Gifts are given for many occasions.
Exchange of business cards is an obligatory custom at business meetings. You should come with bi-lingual business cards (one language being Japanese). To prevent embarrassing mistakes at a Japanese ceremony, it is advisable to order business cards through the large hotels in Tokyo.
You will be expected to remove your shoes upon entering many Japanese buildings, including homes.
- Japan's industrialized, free-market economy is the second-largest in the world. Its economy is highly efficient and competitive in areas linked to international trade, but productivity is far lower in protected areas such as agriculture, distribution, and services.
- After sustaining several consecutive years of growth earlier this decade, the Japanese economy began to slow in line with global economic conditions, and the country fell into its first recession in roughly six years in 2008 as worldwide demand for its goods tumbled.
- The Bank of Japan reported real GDP growth of -1.8% in FY 2008 and has forecast a decline of 2.0% in 2009.