Japanese culture was influenced from ancient times to the Middle Ages primarily by multiple Chinese dynasties and to a lesser extent by other Asian countries. For example, one of the scripts for writing in the Japanese language is Chinese characters kanji , but Japanese has no genetic relationship with Chinese. The inhabitants of Japan experienced a long period of relative isolation from the outside world for over years during the Tokugawa shogunate until the arrival of the " Black Ships " and the Meiji period. Today, the culture of Japan stands as one of the most influential cultures around the world, mainly because of the global reach of its popular culture. Japanese is the national and primary language of Japan. Japanese has a lexically distinct pitch-accent system.
The Land of the Rising Sun is a country with historic and contempory traditions abound. While there may be plenty of Japanese traditions which come to mind, there are also many customs, pastimes and habits which are still brand new to many of us in the Western world. In Japan, there is no tipping! Depending on the country you hail from, this could be tricky to fathom. However well-meaning your guesture, in Japan tipping is considered insulting.
Experience, learn about, and enjoy the fascinating multifaceted world of Japanese culture through Japan's temples and castles, traditional craftsmanship, and festivals. Japan is a nation consisting of more than six thousand islands. This staggering number of islands along with its temperate climate and distinct four seasons, combine to make a country many varied and interesting local cultures. While learning from other countries, Japan also successfully retains its own unique and beautiful culture. Nowadays, Japan is a place where anything can happen.
One typical aspect of Japanese culture that you will see often is bowing. The Japanese bow to say hello or welcome, to say goodbye or come again, to say thank you, to say grace before a meal, to pray at a shrine, etc. The store or restaurant staff will say this every time a person comes in.