JAPANESE CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS
By RON TATUM
General Characteristics of Agricultural, Industrial, and Information Age Cultural Characteristics
Agricultural Age Cultural Characteristics:
Japanese culture is one of the world's greatest legacies. Through out their long history they have gone through many distinctive periods and styles. During this age Japanese arts and literature florished. The Japanese have one of the oldest literary traditions on earth. One of the earliest works of literature was Kojiki or record of ancient matters written in 712 A.D.
Industrial Age Cultural Characteristics:
Japanese during this age were still a culturally rich people, because they valved their past and tried not to destroy it or modernize it. However the emphasis had changed for most of the Japanese arts from stories and paintings about the Imperial court to those about samurai and their gallant deeds.
Information Age Cultural Characteristics:
In the information age Japan has to withstand outside corruption of their cultural beliefs from western influences. The Japanese still remain creative in the arts in the form of literature, theater architecture, paintings, etc... The creativity shown in this era doesn't just end with Japanese living in Japan, some of the better Japanese artisans of this period are sharing their talents with the rest of the world.
Information/Data on Japanese Cultural Characteristics
In Japan the architecture reflects the many cultural/historical changes the country has undergone. Even in modern times some of the Japanese shrines, castles, and Buddhist temples are considered modern wonders of technology and architectural design.
Conclusions on Japan (Whether Primarily Agricultural, Industrial, or Information Age Re: Its Cultural Characteristics)
In conclusion Japan is primarily a agricultural age society with regards to culture. I suggest this because of their desire to hold on to their past culture and keep it in tact. Here is another area that othe rs could learn from the Japanese, a country shouldn't destroy it's historical reminders simply because they are old, they should cherish them because they will direct future generations as to what their society evolved from and then they can appreciate where they are now. (Its Cultural Characteristics)
Additional Online Sources on Japanese Cultural
Traditional Bibliographic Sources on Japanese Cultural Characteristics
- Baker, Donald (1993), Japan's Economic Power: Routledger & Kegan
- Van Dyke, Vernon (1994), Japanese Human Rights and Ethnicity: McGraw Hill Publishing
- Barclay, William (1990), Japan The Land Of The Rising Sun: Penguin Group Publishing
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