Japanese is written with a combination of
three scripts: hiragana, derived from the
Chinese cursive script, katakana, derived as
shorthand from Chinese characters,
and kanji, imported from China.
Traditional Japanese clothing
distinguishes Japan from all other
countries around the world.
Kimonos come in a variety of
colors, styles, and sizes. Men mainly
wear darker or more muted colors,
while women tend to wear brighter
colors and pastels.
Is a Japanese cultural activity
involving the ceremonial
preparation and presentation of
matcha, powdered green tea.
Japanese architecture has as long of
a history as any other aspect of
Japanese culture. Originally heavily
influenced by Chinese architecture,
it also develops many differences
and aspects which are indigenous to
Is the Japanese traditional custom of
enjoying the beauty of flowers,
"flower" in this case almost always
meaning cherry blossoms ("sakura").
From the end of March to early May,
sakura bloom all over Japan.
NewYear (正月 Shōgatsu)
NewYear observances are the most
elaborate of Japan's annual events.
Homes are decorated and the
holidays are celebrated by family
gatherings, visits to temples or
shrines, and formal calls on relatives
and friends.The first day of the year
(ganjitsu) is usually spent with
members of the family.
Japan enjoys full religious
freedom and minority religions such
as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and
Sikhism are practiced.
Japan is the third largest national
economy in the world. Japan has a
large industrial capacity, and is home
to some of the largest and most
technologically advanced producers
of motor vehicles,
electronics, machine tools, steel and
nonferrous metals, ships, chemical
substances, textiles, and processed