Shinto And China's Influence On Japanese Culture

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Japan, a rugged island country slightly smaller than California resting in the Pacific Ocean. The island of Japan is home to many active and dormant volcanoes, abundant with mountainous terrain. Japanese have always been recognized for their deep cultural ties, notorious for adopting cultures though the environment around them. Historically Japan has accepted new ideals from nature to its neighboring countries. Japan 's alluring landscape has constantly influenced Japanese lifestyle. Shinto, Japan’s original religion was born from nature around them. Japan’s big brother China, has contributed the most to the ever-evolving Japanese culture. Buddhism, architecture, philosophy, law and more were all directly influenced by China. Japan’s rich culture encompasses evolving beliefs, distinct social norms,…show more content…
The style is some of the most unique and sophisticated pieces of art in the world. For centuries Japanese architects have been receiving global recognition for their brilliant ingenuity. A lot of architecture like Japanese culture has its roots in religion and nature. Although, Japan was influenced by China in its architecture, Japanese architects often find their biggest inspiration in nature. To this day modern structures use ancient building techniques in design. Standard building practices in Japan often result in catastrophes due to their rudimentary design, which cannot withstand the islands tremors. Early architecture had considerable thought involved in design to withstand the constant earthquakes on the island. Building techniques were designed based on natural concepts, to sway with the elements as grass sways in the wind. Since Japan has suffered severe casualties from failing structures, they have incorporated older techniques in modern structures to survive the massive quakes. These overhauled century old structures have proven their effectiveness time after
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