*Back during the 6th century BC, in India, Buddhism was originated. Buddhism's main branch it came from was Mahayana, (Greater Vehicle). China and Korea also, got the religion Buddhism not just Japan. Kudara, Paikche, kingdoms in Korea had actually imported Buddhism to Japan. Once Buddhism was welcomed into Japan's new state, Buddhism was not that common to people.
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
Japan endured several shocking transformations from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Before the 19th century, this Nation was politically divided between many military leaders; the most powerful warlord, the shogun, ruled Japan almost as a dictator. People were also divided by hierarchical classes and contact was severely limited with the outside world by these authoritarian rulers. Japan was seen as an isolated country that engaged in diplomatic arrangements with very few country neighbors. As these domestic problems started flourishing even further, foreign American ships began to arrive in Japanese docks, demanding the opening of their ports.
Shinto concerns satisfaction and success in this world, while Buddhism, for the Japanese, identifies with the tranquility of perished souls. Shinto's mythology assumes an imperative part in the lives of the Japanese individuals today. Myths and legends are the premise of much Japanese craftsmanship; drama, and writing; individuals still learn and recount stories about the gods and goddesses. Traditional kagura moves are performed to honor the deities at Shinto shrines. Legend traces the beginning of this ancient fine art to the move that drew the goddess Amaterasu from her give in.
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.
How Did Buddhism Influence China: Buddhism was started by a man named Buddha. Buddha was a monk in india who believed in peace not war. Buddhism began in india as a minor religion. Buddha started to spread Buddhism first by getting his fellow monks to help him. About one year later Buddhism was one of india's biggest religion’s.
The government in Japan signed trading treaties which the daimyo and samurai were unhappy with the government decisions. The Japanese wanted to limit the western influences and maintain their independence which created the rise of nationalism. In 1866, the Tokugawa Shogun was overthrown by the feudal lords and samurai. The new emperor eliminated the government and reestablished the imperial throne, but the emperor did not have any political power and was seen as a political symbol. The Meiji Restoration began in 1868 to 1912 which transformed Japan society with western influence but maintaining their cultures and traditions.
The Meiji Era of Japanese history was a significant period of time that saw the shifting of Japan into a Western-oriented nation. In order to maintain pace with surrounding countries and their development, the Japanese consolidated their approach in order to compete and benefit from other nations. Beginning in 1868, this long-term event initially intended to shift Imperial rule to Japan. Beginning in 1868 and although there had been an emperor prior to the Meiji restoration period, this era strengthened the political system under the Emperor of Japan. The Japanese mainly relied on imported ideals during restoration in order emulate Western nations who, in the Japanese eyes were advanced and powerful.
Japan’s history is categorized by historical time periods dating back to 12,000BC to modern day. The names of the time period reflect societal achievements, the name of the leader, or where the capital was located at that time. In the time periods before the Meiji period, there are multiple examples of men and women being viewed as equals. Women were both equal politically and socially in the Yayoi period, women were poets and writers in the Heian period, and throughout history there have been 8 female empresses. Moving forward, there is a transition of western influence coming into Japan that creates different opportunities for Japanese women.
Prior to this period, Japan did not have any religion as such. During the Asuka Period, Buddhism was brought in from China. People had migrated to Japan bringing in large scale ideas, thoughts, values and rituals to this country. Buddhist temples and monasteries were built in Japan. Religion had a profound impact on the changing architecture in the island country.