First, what are the negative consequences of the filial piety that Hashimoto mentions in the article? Are you convinced by her argument that the filial piety plays important role for creating the social problems that she listed? Why and why not? Second, do you think the filial piety in Japan is too oppressive? Why and why not?
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.
Weakness of Japanese Ambiguity Japanese people have a unique characteristic in communication, which is ambiguity. It is clearly reflected on their way to communicate. A foreign student who was studying abroad in Japan was surprised with hearing the conversation of two Japanese people that was succeeded only the two word, dozo and domo (Nakata et al. 47). This is one of the Japanese represent of ambiguities.
These days, the world has become more global, and the connection between Japanese and people from other countries is stronger than before. However, there are still many people who have prejudice toward people from different countries. One of the reasons is that only a limited number of Japanese can communicate with foreign people, and those who can’t tend to have a biased way of thinking. Another reason is that Japanese media don’t usually report incidents that are against the government’s interest. Therefore, it is crucial to make people from various backgrounds to understand different culture, and to acquire media literacy.
The critiques stimulated Japan to strengthen his cultural activities in Asia. Moreover, establishment Japan Foundation offices in most of the countries of Southeast Asia they were a clear evidence of the new policy, in order to improve the knowledge and Japanese interest in the Southeast Asian region. The next stage in the evolution of Japan 's cultural diplomacy began in the late 1980s. The Japanese economy matured and the importance of the country on the international stage increased. Moreover, a new concept of "cultural cooperation" began to play a role in Japan 's cultural diplomacy during this
(1998). The Role of Interlanguage in Foreign Language Teaching. Iral, 36(1), 1-10. The study done by Nickel discusses the nature of interlanguage and the effects this phenomenon has on second language learning and teaching. This article mainly focuses on the language transfer and fossilization, while also discussing the way in which error analysis and error correction can be improved through understanding of the concept of interlanguage.
Aesthetics A key cultural aspect of the Japanese is their immense appreciation for aesthetics, one of which being mono no aware – a term coined by Japanese scholar Motoori Norinaga in the eighteenth century. It conveys the fleeting beauty in the transience of life through an experience that cannot be pinned down by a single moment or image. This kind of beauty creates an ineffable experience for audiences. Furthermore, according to Kishimoto (1956), “religious values and aesthetics values are not two different things” for the Japanese. In Suzu no Shizuku, when Kaya was conceived and when she was assimilated into the mountain, there were bell-like sounds, which made Yoshirou feel a pang in his heart.
Assignment Task 2: Sociolinguistic survey. Gender-neutral language in the job’s titles: occupational stereotypes in Japan. Introduction. In these days of economical globalization in contemporary Japan English is slowly becoming part of everyday life. For example, most of international companies based in Tokyo use English as a communication language; moreover some Japanese traditional companies who are doing business globally use written English to communicate with their international business partners.
Language learning process is very complicated and it covers various dimensions. Among these dimensions, vocabulary knowledge gained a crucial position. As Laufer (1997) claims vocabulary learning is the main component of language and knowledge acquisition. Concerning above points, it should be noted that vocabulary knowledge is not confined to words but also it is replete with routine language items, particularly fixed idioms that are metaphorical expressions (Rodriguez & Winnberg, 2013). As D’Angelo Bromley (1984), states, idioms are prevalent in all languages and the speakers of all languages employ them in their communicative acts.
This type of stereotype is strongly made and could be a negative in some prospective. Since foreign countries tend to receive the otaku culture often nowadays than other traditional culture of Japan, it creates an image of Japan being not what really is. Those issues related to country’s image often occurs in many countries such as popular dishes like pizza and sushi has lost its original forms in foreign countries losing what truly is. Those public image issues seem to continue as anime popularity is increasing every year and the advent of Pokemon-Go which recently became a huge-hit across the world. It is important to have a balanced image of a country.