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Japanese Culture

  1. 1. Japanese Culture<br />Sarah Johnson<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3913618812/in/set-72157622088537259/ <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/ganjin/3623570429/<br />
  2. 2. http://www.mapsharing.org/MS-maps/map-pages-worldmap/images-map/2-world-map-physical.jpg<br />
  3. 3. Overview<br />Island country<br />About the size of California<br />Capitol: Tokyo<br />Used to be Kyoto<br />Population: about 125,000,000<br />Government: Emperor, Prime Minister, House of Representatives, House of Councilors, Cabinet, Supreme Court<br />http://www.sitesatlas.com/Maps/Maps/jpn-pol.gif<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/24842486@N07/3442662661/<br />
  4. 4. The “Lay of the Land”<br />Over 3,000 islands!<br />Climate: temperate to subtropic<br />Varies heavily from North to South<br />Four Seasons<br />Very mountainous country<br />For this reason, majority of population lives along the coast<br />Many Volcanoes<br />Mt. Fuji is the most famous<br />Many volcanoes also leads to many hot springs <br />
  5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/41460120@N04/3869875033/<br />Japanese Snow Monkeys enjoy the hot springs of the country to escape the cold. These monkeys are the most northern-living of all monkeys.<br />Mt. Fuji is not only the most famous volcano in Japan, but also its tallest mountain, reaching 3,776 meters.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caoran9238/3272245205/<br />
  6. 6. Food<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/zeetzjones/442805346/<br />Some common dishes:<br />Sushi<br />Seafood<br />Raumen Noodles<br />The average meal:<br />Bowl of cooked white Japanese rice<br />Pickles<br />Bowl of soup<br />With a combination of other sides<br />Tea is a very common drink<br />Of course there are McDonald’s and KFC, too<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/4014904987/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />
  7. 7. Technology<br />The leader in cell phone technology and usage<br />75% of population own a cell phone<br />Leader in robotics<br />Industrial and consumer<br />Robo-One competition<br />Home-built robots fight against each other<br />Some other cool gadgets:<br />Video booths<br />Music players that move to rhythm<br />Automatic toilets<br />Seats lift and close themselves, toilet flushes itself, automatic cleaning is available, and more<br />
  8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/apenguincalledelvis/3085043388/<br />Trumpet-Playing robot!<br />Greeter robots <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/neufcent9/2256589716/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/bibingka-dc/2256887566/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/natatwo/115240040/<br />
  9. 9. Transportation<br />Subways<br />One of the most extensive urban systems in the world<br />Bullet trains <br />Speeds just under 200 mph<br />Similar to flying, but without the hassel<br />Around $250 for a 7-day pass<br />Airplanes<br />Very common for people to travel by domestic air flights<br />$70 - $400 per ticket<br />Can often be cheaper than the bullet train<br />Taxis<br />Available, but not as cost efficient as the subways and other public transports<br />Personal cars<br />In the cities, most people rely on public transportation<br />In the countryside, more people own their own vehicles<br />Others:<br />Boats, motorcycles, carts, bicycles<br />
  10. 10. The streets of Tokyo at night.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3935110871/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />
  11. 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidwiley/393607467/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3921574508/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3935111289/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3935893306/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3935884298/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />
  12. 12. Religions/Traditions/Ceremonies<br />Japan’s constitution declares freedom of religion<br />Main religions: Shinto or Buddhism<br />Shinto is spiritual practice formed by several ancient traditions and practices<br />Temples can be seen all throughout Japan<br />Tanabata<br />A holiday celebrating the stars<br />Obon<br />A holiday for celebrating ancestors<br />Christmas <br />Celebrated as a commercial holiday<br />Not so much as a religious holiday<br />
  13. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zhzheka/347562090/<br />Statue of Buddha<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3963705135/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3960021563/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3988063743/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />
  14. 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ionushi/1388237183/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/ionushi/1413135402/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/ionushi/1398253651/<br />
  15. 15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3964478508/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />People write their hopes and wishes on wooden cards and hang them on this wall to help them to come true.<br />This act of waving incense into the body is how some seek wisdom, success, and good fortune. <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/3988064531/in/set-72157622088537259/<br />
  16. 16. Geishas<br />Roots going back to female entertainers of the 7th century<br />Dancers, musicians, and artists<br />Only somebecame concubines<br />Most early geishas began by playing the samisen<br />Samisen is a three-stringed, guitar-like instrument<br />Often played for nobility<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/ganjin/3623570429/<br />
  17. 17. Music<br />Pop and Rock very common<br />Some traditional music:<br />Kabuki (theatre music)<br />Noh (theatre music; drums and flutes)<br />Gagaku (vocal and instrumental versions)<br />Joruri (using the samisen)<br />Instruments:<br />Samisen (or Shamisen) - seen in picture<br />Koto – similar to the harp<br />Wadaiko, taiko, otsuzumi, and kotsuzumi drums<br />Dance:<br />Odori (or Bon Odori; danced during Obon festival)<br />Mai <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikkuri06/744435078/<br />
  18. 18. Lost City?<br />Hundreds of miles of structures and monuments lying underwater<br />Near the south shore of Okinawa<br />Exposed in 1995 by chance<br />Discovered by sport diver KihachiroAratake<br />Scientists believe this structure predates the pyramids in Egypt<br />
  19. 19. Carved figure of a turtle<br />Large carved face; diver for scale<br />Stairs<br />All images on this slide taken from: http://members.toast.net/rjspina/Japan's%20Underwater%20Ruins.htm<br />
  20. 20. Sources<br />http://www.flickr.com<br />http://www.japan-guide.com/<br />http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/<br />http://www.japan-zone.com/<br />http://members.toast.net/rjspina/Japan's%20Underwater%20Ruins.htm<br />