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National traditions of Japan. Habits, mentality and the way of living

The isolated location of the Japanese nation is reflected in their National character and traditional way of life. The longevity of the Japanese, low level of violence in the country, homogeneity of the ethnic composition of the population – these are what immediately captures your attention and create a very special impression. At present, Japan is the only empire in the world that till date piously honors its traditions and at the same time achieves a tremendous success in the development of technologies and its overall economic standing. The reasons for such an amazing combination of the legacy of the past and the achievements of the future become more apparent if one knows more about the uniqueness of the Japanese National Character.
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The Japanese are distinguished by their conservative nature. That is, they do not seek to borrow the habits and traditions of other nations. Rather, they remain faithful to their historical customs and norms of behavior. National identity holds a special place in their lives, deserving a corresponding attitude, namely, respectful obeisance, exchange of courtesies when meeting and saying goodbye. In relation to a foreigner, it is enough to nod, salute, or not take notice of him at all. In this country where the succession of generations plays an important role, elders are revered and the heritages of the past are regarded with great respect. The Japanese are however willing to explore new ideas and subsequently incorporate them into their way of life if it is good. Despite adopting useful innovations from other cultures, Japan never loses its national identity.
Japanese culture is focused on collectivism. The Japanese feel a close affection towards family members, co-workers and other social groups which they are members of. Hierarchy dominates in groups. Everyone keeps his place and observes subordination in relation to the higher ones. The Japanese have a submissive and humble attitude toward the elders and more authoritative individuals. Collectivism and the desire to maximally improve the conditions for the existence of the team led to the formulation of strict etiquette and a code of courtesy. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In the Japanese culture, three styles of communication are observed; one for addressing younger persons, another to equals or strangers, and the third, to elders. Therefore, the Japanese do not allow informal communication with bosses even during off-hours. They never confront each other in public, showing a storm of emotions. Requests are denied without saying the word “no” allegorically. Direct refusal is considered a violation of the rules of etiquette. The Japanese are a very polite people. Every one of them from birth is taught respect for others. They respect personal boundaries and are therefore not inclined to be interested in someone else’s private life. They neither discuss their personal affairs with others, nor offer advice if not requested.
The Japanese possess a love and diligence for their work, a sense of duty, responsibility and sacrifice. This nation is like no other; inherent in their ability to behave with dignity and possessing a great self esteem and discipline in all aspects of their lives. Lateness or disregard for punctuality is not tolerated. In this regard, the Japanese are considered workaholics. To fulfill their official duties, the Japanese are relentless with themselves. Working until late at night is considered normal to them. The Country’s lack of mineral resources has also influenced the mentality of her people, thereby resulting in the thrift and diligent management of her economy. The Japanese have absolutely no craving for a luxurious life, this they consider wastefulness. Natural observation and attention to detail allows them to easily find opportunities for savings their hard earned resources. This helps them to find simple but ingenious solutions for optimizing life.
Japan is an amazing country of contrasts, in which traditional Eastern culture is closely intertwined with some elements of Western influences. …
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An integral part of the Japanese mentality is the desire to see the beauty. Admiration of the beauty of nature and the benefits of human creativity are the basis of the mentality and culture of the Japanese. The Japanese always go into a state of euphoria while protractedly enjoying the flowering sakura trees, the sunset over Fujiyama, and the impeccability of calligraphy drawings. It is their love for aesthetics that gave rise to such trends in art as Ikebana, Bonsai, and the tea ceremony. The latter is especially appreciated by the Japanese. Tea ceremony is divided into stages. The main thing in the ritual is a master of tea, pouring tea over the cups. The foundations of this tradition are laid down by the laws of Zen Buddhism. Residents of the Land of the Rising Sun fondly love tea ceremonies and receive true pleasure, observing all their canons.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Japan
♥   Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Kainan Church), 那覇 (Naha). On the map   Photos
♥   Basilica of the Twenty-Six Holy Martyrs of Japan (Oura Church), 長崎 (Nagasaki). On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Urakami Church), 長崎 (Nagasaki). On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary (Noboricho Church), 広島 (Hiroshima). On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tamatsukuri Church), 大阪 (Osaka). On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier (Kawaramachi Church), 京都 (Kyoto). On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Yamate Church), 横浜 (Yokohama). On the map   Photos
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Castles of Japan
♥   Castle 'Amagasaki Castle' Amagasaki. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Aoba Castle' Sendai. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Aya Castle' Aya. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Azuchi Castle' Azuchi. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bitchu Matsuyama Castle' Takahashi. On the map   Photos
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Unique traditions in cities of Japan

Tokyo
Local residents follow a mass of centuries-old traditions, and some of them are useful to be known by foreigners. You cannot step on small mats made of reeds (tatami) with your shoes – this will be a sign of bad behavior and sacrilege. Before visiting public swimming pools "furo" be sure to take a shower. Showers are usually located near the pool. The Japanese do not require strict adherence of all traditions and customs from visitors, but knowing of the basic rules of etiquette will … Read more
Kyoto
One of the most interesting events is Hollyhock, which focuses on two urban sanctuaries, Kamigamo and Simogamo. The first festival was held in the middle of the 6th century; under the Emperor’s edict locals had to bring gifts to the shrine for a deity and ask it to give a bountiful harvest. Beautiful holiday has become a tradition; nowadays it is usual to present gifts for gods during the festival. Colorful dance performances have equal importance in context of celebration. In July Gion … Read more
Osaka
The festival is celebrated according to lunar calendar and after the Gregorian Calendar the dates of the festival fall on the middle of August. Local people believe that in this period the spirits of their ancestors come back home. To help them find a way home at nightfall doors of the houses are illuminated with bright lanterns. The festival is followed with different religious events. Buddhist temples hold readings of sacred books. At nightfall a major part of entertaining events takes place … Read more
Sapporo
This good tradition was decided to be repeated the next year. However apart from snow figures exhibition the festival was added with various interesting entertainment events and competitions. The Sapporo Snow Festival is held in the first part of December. At present the original winter event attracts more than two millions of foreign guests annually. Traditional entertainments for the guests of the festival are the carnival and a snowball fight. But the main opening event of the festival is … Read more
Fukuoka
It is a series of several national celebrations; traditionally the most striking and memorable holiday is Hakata Dontaku. The holiday has got its current name in the early 17th century; it is believed that it derives from the German word ‘zondag,’ which means ‘Sunday.’ Celebration begins with a parade taking place on the main avenue of the city. Lots of children are usually involved in the solemn procession that makes the holiday even more touching and sincere. Matsubayashi … Read more
Hiroshima
Thus, it is inadmissible to enter the house in shoes for outdoor walking, as it is considered a sign of bad manners. It may seem strange to many foreigners, but it is also unaccepted to bring soap to the bathroom; locals prefer to take a shower. In general we can say that locals are very scrupulous in matters of hygiene, they always want to look neat and keep the house in good order. One of the most striking and recognizable national characteristics is eating food with chopsticks. Locals … Read more
Kobe
After the earthquake, the city literally lay in ruins, a lot of money was needed to restore residential buildings and architectural monuments. To raise funds for the restoration of the city, it was decided to arrange a beautiful festival in memory of the victims of the terrible earthquake. The Italian government donated to the city 200,000 lights, electricity for them was generated from a biofuel. The city was decorated with fantastic illumination for more than two weeks. Every evening the … Read more
Nagasaki
In late August, the Lantern Festival, one of the largest of its kind in Japan, is held in the surrounding area of Emukaetho. Within the framework of this festival, a huge 25-meter-high tower is built from lanterns. More than 3,000 lanterns are used for its formation. When evening comes, all the lanterns installed on city streets and squares are lit - a truly fantastic sight. The festival involves many entertainment activities for children, they can also participate in ceremonies. Nagasaki … Read more

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