A Report on Japanese Culture

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A Report on Japanese Culture Folkways: While most countries have business cards, Japan has taken it to a higher level. For in Japan everyone has at least one. Known as ‘Meishi’, these cards are an important part of social interactions. They are used for starting conversations, for if you know what the other person you are talking with does for a living you have an idea on what to talk about. It also allows you to be remembered after you both part company. You should always be prepared with your business card in Japan. Another custom in Japan is gift giving. Gifts are given and received at any possible occasion in Japan. It is a way to show appreciation and is viewed as the thing to do. According to etiquette; …show more content…

The Yakuza are also a part of the Japanese mythology. Within its secretive throng, the members are given numerous tattoos all their over the body to signify clan loyalty to the group, and when there is disobedience or mistake a member is supposed to cut off one of their finger digits. While steps are being taken to remove Yakuza influence from Japan, There is still a lot of work to be done.

Cultural Universals: Food in Japan has reached high levels. It’s very important in how the food is cooked and prepared. A lot of times food is bought fresh in the morning and served for dinner that same day. This gives the food an exquisite taste that can be dulled by the preserving and canning processes used in most countries today. The serving of a meal could be placed on only one plate, but in Japan it is often portrayed on an assortment of beautifully crafted bowls on platters often with ornamental pieces of flowers or bamboo. This gives a sense of grander to the food and is lovely to behold. Weapons made in Japan serve not only for martial use, but also for spiritual purposes. The crafting of the Japanese long sword, Katana, is an art that takes some a lifetime to master. These crafters are honored for their works of art. It is no wonder that these stunning weapons are passed down from one generation to the next as one of the most treasured heirlooms


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