S: ABC's of Japan
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FC: ABC's of Japan | By: Vilma Kuvaja EMAC Groves-3
1: A is for Art | Art is a very big part of their culture, religion, and life style. Some different types of art are painting, calligraphy, dance, pottery, sculpture, and other specific types of Japanese art, like Ukiyo-e.Art in Japan is a very large part of their culture, religion, and every day life style. Dance is probably the most important type of art to them because it's a way to express emotion and religion. It's apart of their custom. The tea ceremony consists of a special dance. | T Traditional Dance | The Great Wave Painting
2: B is for Buildings | Main halls called pagodas are sacred worship places. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the home of the Emperor. Currently, there are lots of cities with skyscrapers an tall buildings. | Pagoda | Imperial Palace Tokyo
3: C is for | Communications | In Japan, most people have a cell phone. The most popular cell phone is a Docomo cell phone an alot of people have laptops.Toshiba is a Japanese company.
4: D is for Dress | A kimono is a traditional and cultural garment worn by men, women,and children. These days, they wear more modern clothes. Most of there clothes are made of cotton or maybe silk. | fashion show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3pbwZWyniY
5: E is for Economy | Most farms in Japan are small operations run by a few family members. Japan has factories run by car companies and etc.
6: F is for Family | Women either go to work or stay at home to cook and clean. Children go to school and the men go to work. Each family typically has one kid.
7: G is for Government | The prime minister | The Emperor | The government is a constitutional monarchy and the power of the emperor is limited. He is more of a symbol. | The prime minister is the head of the government
8: In 660 BCE, Japan got it's first Emperor, Jimmu. | H is for | In 300 BCE, the Japanese began growing rice, which would become the country's agricultural source. Bronze, iron, and textile production also began. | History
9: I is for Icon | An icon that they have is their Imperial seal and national flag.
10: J is for Jobs | In Japan, they have about the same job opportunities like America. You could be in the medical field, business field, technology field, electronic field, education field and etc. | Doctors | Astronaut
11: K is for Knowledge | Keio University | Waseda University | Japan has the 6th best education system in the world. Japan has many colleges that are hard to get into. These colleges have been around many years.
12: L is for Language | The main language spoken in Japan is Japanese. Some other languages spoken there are Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Portuguese, and English. | = Love | = Hope
13: M is for Movement & Migration | Japan is very big on public transportation. The best way to travel around the cities, is by train. They also use buses,cars,bicycles and also ferries for moving from the islands. | Train | Bicycle
14: N is for National Pride | Some historic sites around Japan are Goryokaku Fort, Ancient Capital of Nara, Imperial Palace, Todaiji Temple and Kintai Bridge. A very important historical figure to them is Sakamoto Ryoma. He was a low rank samurai who unified the nation. | Sakamoto | Goryokaku Fort | Todaiji Temple
15: O is for Organizations | Japan Red Cross, Japan Chamber of Commerce, Council of Trade Unions, General Federation of Employers Associations,and the Japan Medical Association are some of the most important organizations. The Institute of Art Research and the National Institute of Japanese Literature are important cultural organizations.Society for International Cultural Relations is an organization for publishing and cultural exchange.
16: P is for Population | The current population of Japan is 127,360,000. Japan has the tenth-largest population. The largest age group is 15-64. 98% of people in Japan are Japanese(Asian). 54% of people are Shinto.1.5% of people are different nationalities. There are small Christian and Muslim minorities.
17: Q is for Quality of Life | Japan has the highest life expectancy, but also is the third-highest in tobacco consumption. Most people in Japan have good jobs, good medical care, good housing, opportunity,and happiness. There are some parts of Japan that have bad housing, jobs, medical care, and etc.
18: Religion | R is for | Most of the people are Buddhist or Shinto. Buddhism is a religion originated in India. 52% do not feel to belong to any religion. 36% are Buddhists and 11% Shintoists. 11% indicated are closest to Christianity.
19: S is for Status | Wealthier people have a higher status,like celebrities, owners,or business men. The poorer people have a lower status like farmers, factory workers, and fishermen. | Japanese Celebrities | Wealthy Couple
20: T is for | T a b o o s | They can't wear shoes inside. Bows are used to express appreciation, making apologies and requests, and for greetings and farewells. It also means respect. The American OK sign means money in Japan. Tipping is not accepted. Giving gifts in odd numbers or the number four is unacceptable because as odd numbers are bad luck and four sounds like the word for death in Japanese. Always be early for a meeting because being late is an insult. Pointing in not acceptable. They can't blow their nose in public. They are not aloud to touch in public.
21: U is for Urban | or Rural | Japan is 78% urban and 22% rural. Urban cities look very tidy and clean. Towns are usually very compact. Rural areas are decreasing every year because they are building cities.
22: V is for Vacation & Recreation | People like to make art, play sports, ride bikes, swim,martial arts,play the piano, go to the beaches, ski, fish, and spend time with family and friends.
23: W is for Ways of Everyday Life | The Japanese go to bath houses called Sentos because most apartments can't fit one. Bathing is so important that it's almost like a ritual. Showing emotion is very restricted. They hate to be disliked. Japan is very crowded so therefore they have to be cautious so they don't get sick. They need to stay free from germs.They have work all day and tend to over-work themselves. They wear masks on their face to protect themselves from germs and sickness. | current event: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgiin/nn20101217a6.html
24: x is for x | Marks the Spot | The area where Japan is affects the way Japans culture is because of the different landforms, climate, plants, animals, and resources. Cherry Blossom trees grow in that region so they have there own meanings an beliefs about it.
25: Japanese people like to eat a lot of rice, noodles,and fish. There common cuisine includes eggs, flour,fruits, fu, meats, mushrooms,beans, soy products, vegetables, and many types of seafood. They like to top many of their foods with soy sauce. | Y is for Yum
26: Z is for Ztuff | Some stuff that they have are chopsticks, wooden shoes, boats, bentos(food containers), lanterns, their own flags, kimonos, silk, and mats.
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