For the longest time, Japan had been an isolationist country, a country that let no foreigners enter it, but that changed in 1853 Japan started to open its borders once more. As it did so, Western influence on its culture began to grow. While the changes in its war tactics were the most famous and well-known form of Westernization, there were many smaller ways Japan's culture changed. Some of these ways were changes in fashion and architecture. Some of the biggest changes in Japanese culture that were caused by Westernization was the fashion industry.
In Japanese society people like to interact with nature. Nature plays a pivotal role in the Japanese traditions, culture, rituals, lifestyles, food, clothing and even their dwelling patterns and architectural structures. The physical conditions of the island nation along with its anthropogenic imprints leaves a mark on the type the Japanese have been changing their architecture to cope with the hardships nature provides them with. Japanese pattern of buildings and houses, the structures and the materials used have had a slow transformation through time from ancient civilizations to modern 21st century. However to say, much of the traditional Japanese architecture is not native to the country, but is borrowed and brought from the neighbors in China and Asian countries.
Also, a government was called bakufu, going along with the military leader. The society was very torn by the warfare, some people had seeked solace. The personal loyalty in Japan was the Japanese cultural tradition over many centuries. During the 794 and 1185, it was the best time of art in Japan. In Heian, there were great Japanese nobles created.
Japan has been mainly influenced by three different belief systems including Shintoism, where its effect can be seen through the traditions and politics of Japan; Buddhism, whose effect is shown throughout Japan’s celebrations and social activities; and Confucianism, which made effects on the daily lifestyle and education of Japan. Although these three belief systems all have greatly influenced Japan in multiple ways, however, Shintoism’s impact on Japan is the most evident. Shintoism’s influence on Japan is clearly shown throughout the political system and traditional pastime and activities of Japan. Shintoism is a belief system that is originated in Japan. Unlike most belief systems, Shintoism lacks religious texts and spiritual authority.
Throughout history, art was a large component of how a country shaped its culture and interactions with other nations. Dating from the late 16th century when European countries, in particular Spain and Portugal, traveled the ocean and created world-wide sea trade routes, East Asia was impacted by the European enthrallment evident in the Japanese Nanban screen paintings. In addition, during the 19th century, Japan encountered a significant change from the conservative, isolationist system under the shogun rule during the Edo period to the fast and global motive to renovate and connect with other nations that distinguished the Meiji Restoration. By the mid 19th century when trading was legally established, aspects of Japanese art and japonisme
Throughout her novel, she reveals the importance of the gardens present, and how they represent their caretakers inner selves. Gardens represent the japanese culture (Basic). Japanese gardens contain many hidden elements. To someone who does not know much about the japanese-style gardens, they would view the gardens as just beautiful and would not know any meaning behind them. Tsukiyama’s character Steven, a chinese boy, spends a lot of time in Matsu’s garden.
After achieving a long history of success, China’s cultural methods greatly influenced Japan, Korea, and also acted as a good example for many other countries in the world. China influenced Japan and Korea through religion, art, government, architecture, and much more. When China's influences took place with both Korea and Japan, the practices created similar/different societies using the same techniques. China had strong ties with Japan and Korea due to regional trading; it's apparent that the Chinese culture had a significant impression upon the cultures of both
The Japanese mainly relied on imported ideals during restoration in order emulate Western nations who, in the Japanese eyes were advanced and powerful. Due to the fact that Western nations were involved in Imperialism prior to and during the same time as the Meiji period, the wealth and power the European nations gained stood out to the Japanese.
Moving forward, there is a transition of western influence coming into Japan that creates different opportunities for Japanese women. Before, during the Meiji period, very few women or women relating accomplishments appeared. At first, Japan wanted to be secluded and to stay away from outsiders however the leader at the time slowly began to open the ports to Western influence and eventually moved away from seclusion. This time
Religion in Japan is difficult to define because, like most religions, so many factors go into the makeup of the Japanese religiousness. Shinto, Buddhism and Christianity are the three main religions in Japan. Folk religions and New Developed Religions also play an influential role in the makeup of Japanese religiousness. One of the reasons it is so difficult to separate out a dominant religion in Japan is because of syncretism. Syncretism is the process of simultaneous practice of multiple religions.