The text for the presentation slides “Japanese Culture”
The great mystery of Japanese culture
The culture of Japan is as old as the island nation itself. And the same mysterious, like the morning sun that rises over the land of the brave and wise people.
Features of the development of Japanese culture
isolated geographical position;
the influence of Asian cultures (China, Korea);
harsh climatic conditions and life-threatening natural phenomena.
All this has developed persistent national character of the Japanese, which is reflected in literature, painting, and especially in architecture and landscape design.
Some of the stages of development of culture of Japan
The Jomon – 10 thousand years BC – ceramics, female figurines and Dogu decoration;
Kofun – IV – VI centuries BC – culture mounds,sculpture, haniwa, cults, Taika reforms, a code of laws;
Japan is one of the most tolerant in religious countries. Despite the homogeneity of the population (over 98% Japanese), the range of religious denominations: Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox (the first Orthodox Church was erected under the leadership of Archbishop Nicholas of Japan in the late nineteenth century), followers of sects and new religions. More than 80% of the population is Buddhist and Shinto, with many Japanese at the same time profess both. The fact is that, in the sixth century when Buddhism first came to the Japanese archipelago, dominated Shinto, there was quite an open religion, and many Japanese gods, kami, were perceived as incarnations of Buddhas. Today the name of one of the most famous images, many-armed Kannon, is the manufacturer of cameras and cameras. It all eventually significantly affects popular culture in General and video games in particular: the Japanese easily use any religious names, symbols, and paraphernalia to draw heroes, villains, monsters, weapons, clothing and even whole cities, and nobody within Japan will never take offense. Beautiful, unusual and great, no offense.
Japanese friend admits: “when I feel bad, I’m a Buddhist, because I hope that this is my last life and I won’t have to be reborn and suffer Continue reading
Last weekend in the Japanese city of Kawasaki hosted the annual festival “Kanamara Matsuri” festival of the Steel Phallus
The Japanese carry on their shoulders a portable altar in the shape of male sex organ in the temple Kanayama during the festival “Matsuri Kanamara”, Kawasaki.
Kanamara Matsuri the annual festival of fertility. It is held in Kawasaki. The center of the celebration is the Kanayama Temple (the Temple of the Penis). The main festivities fall on the first Sunday of April.
Guests enjoy themselves at the festival “Matsuri Kanamara”, Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images
The penis is the main theme of the event. And this is reflected everywhere – on posters, candy wrappers, ornaments that are sold everywhere… the vegetable sellers with the pleasure of practicing in the relevant occasion of cutting figures of vegetables – from carrots, cucumbers and all such things.