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Use of Animals in Japanese Fables - Japanese Fables The influence from within and everywhere else. Think back to when you were a child and to when your parents read you stories. Chances are pretty good that some of the stories you encountered were fables. For those people who do not know what a fable is, it is a story that uses animals in the place of using human beings. In researching Japanese tales, I did not have a hard time finding an abundance of fables. In relating fables to the Japanese life, I discovered that animals play an important role in Japanese culture....   [tags: Japanese Fables] 1468 words
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Japanese Earthquake Aftermath - Introduction Words simply cannot appropriately depict the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Japan is a developed country with the third largest economy in the world, behind the United States and China. The northeast border of Japan encountered an overwhelming natural disaster in the form of an earthquake that also created a massive tsunami and many strong aftershocks, which has affected Japan domestically and internationally. The aftershocks continually delayed recovery and have increased difficulty for search and rescue teams combing the disaster area for the deceased and wounded....   [tags: Japanese Earthquake]
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Influence of the Samurai on Modern Japanese Society - Introduction Throughout History, there have been many different groups or events that are still widely known today. Groups of people such as the Indians or Vikings are popular groups which are referenced constantly in today’s society. However, none of these groups is more known or referenced than the Japanese Samurai. Originating in 646 AD, these Japanese warriors developed from a loose organization of farmers to the dominant social class in Feudal Japan. Along with their dominant military and political standing, the samurai brought with them a unique code or moral belief that became the core of Samurai culture....   [tags: Japanese Culture] 1723 words
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Traditional Shinto & Modern Japanese Business - The nation of Japan, even more so than other countries, has a long, long history behind it. It's a country dating back as far as the B.C. Era, and that has experienced various powerful events that has shaped the country since its birth. As with other nations, an important part of their past lies in their religion. Before they were introduced to Buddhism and other outside religions, which had a large impact on their society, the Japanese followed something known as Shinto. As the one religion that can truly be called “Japanese,” it follows that its influences would still remain in the eyes of the people and only aided by a traditionally xenophobic view of the world....   [tags: Japanese History ]
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Japanese Internment Camps - World War II was a time of deliberate hate among groups of innocent people who were used as scapegoats. Japanese-Americans were persecuted due to the fact that they looked like citizens of Japan, who had attacked the United States on December 7th, 1941 at the naval base, Pearl Harbor. This hatred toward the group was due to newspapers creating a scare for the American people, as well as the government restricting the rights of Japanese-Americans. The Japanese-Americans were mistreated during World War II for no other reason than being different....   [tags: Japanese-Americans in WWII] 878 words
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Japanese Fables: The Influences - Think back to when you were a child, and when your parents read you stories. Do you recall any of these stories being about animals. Chances are good that you heard fables as a child. For those who don’t know what a fable is, a fable is a story that uses animals in the place of humans. In relating fables to the Japanese culture, I discovered that animals play an important role in Japanese culture. And as in most cultures, stories play a big role also. So by using common sense, any person could assume, and be accurate, that there are many fables in Japanese culture....   [tags: Japanese Fables, Japan, Fables, ] 1100 words
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Internment of Japanese Canadians - ... Not only were personal belongings taken away from the Japanese-Canadians, but Japanese Canadian community-owned properties (such as schools and churches) were seized as well. The job of the Custodian was to take care of the property until they were told to give it back. In reality, the Custodians did little to protect these possessions as Japanese property would often be found violated or damaged. At first, the Japanese-Canadians were promised that they would acquire their property again once the war was over....   [tags: world war II, japanese-canadian]
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Changes and Innovations in Japanese Literature in the Medieval Era - There is a vast difference between the courtly airs of the Heian Period and the overall feeling of the following Kamakura Period that makes the younger of the two periods more appealing. The changes in Japanese literature during the Kamakura Period can be readily observed in many works, including the innovation in poet devices found in the Shinkokinshu, as well as the subject matters of different stories. We have the introduction of another ancient Japanese classic in Heike Monogatari, where the reader is assaulted with battlefield stories and upfront political warfare not seen to that extent before....   [tags: Japanese Literature] 952 words
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Japanese Internment - Japanese Internment The 1940’s was a turning point for American citizens because World War II was taking place during this time. Not only was America at odds with other countries, but also within its self. America is a huge melting pot full of diverse cultures and people from all nations. People travel from all over the world to the United States of America. These people had one goal in mind, a life of freedom and equal opportunity; or so they thought. The Japanese first began to immigrate to America in the 1860's in Hawaii....   [tags: Internment Japanese Americans History Essays]
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Japanese Art - Japanese Art Japan’s Art, although sometimes over looked has evolved through many different periods. Its simplest forms in the Archaic period and last on its more complex period the Ego Period. Even though some skeptics believe that Japanese art can not compare to the art of the Greeks or Romans. Japanese Art yet simple is refreshing and has left Japan with wonderful shrines, paintings and traditions. The periods of Japanese art are the Archaic, Ask, Heian, Kamakura, Askikaga and the Ego periods....   [tags: Japan Artistic Arts Japanese Essays]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... Values between the two eras obviously vary greatly, and the Kamakura, medieval period, valued the warrior spirit. One of these very famous episodes even becomes the central plot for a Noh play, a form of Japanese drama introduced later in this medieval period. This episode featured Atsumori and Kumagai, warriors who faced an epic battle scene, wrestling on a beach during the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani. Kumagai who was much stronger than Atsumori, hesitates to give the finishing blow, but proceeds to anyway after seeing fellow warriors charging near them....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... For example, the Hōjōki (ca. 1212) written by Kamo no Chōmei, depicts some of the disasters and tragedies that he witnessed throughout his life, and his decision to remove himself from society. In the first line of his work, he writes “The flow of the river is ceaseless and its water is never the same” (Chōmei 197). With this statement, Chōmei sets the tone of impermanence, which resonates throughout this piece. However, not only does the Hōjōki give us a glimpse into the heavy influence Buddhism was having on Japanese society, but we are also able to see some of the societal changes that were taking place in the medieval world....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... It is interesting to note that while this was happening in medieval Japan, similar tales were in the middle of happening and heading in the direction of turning into history over in Europe, such as medieval England, with its tales of King Arthur and the round table at Camelot, and the tales of battles fought by the knights that sat there. Besides the parallel of war in both regions medieval periods, there was also the parallel of a newfound prominence of religion. In Japan it was the emergence of Buddhism as a major topic and focus of literature, in medieval England the role of religion was found in the differing sides on their battles....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... It sought to change the outlook inspired from the past, and show life’s realities with a somber-like twist. The Kamakura period saw the escalation in Buddhism, particularly from the Amida Buddha and teachings from the Lotus Sutra, to counter-act the effects of shogunate and samurai class rise (“Japanese Literature”). On a side note, turning to religion in desperate times is a common factor in modern times as well. Especially in Japan, shown through the term “kamidanomi”, where people pray to Buddha or various made-up Shinto gods only during frantic times....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... This shows that the use of elegant language was beginning to decrease in the writing style of Japanese literature. Compared to the Heian period, writings during this period were also known for their insights into simple life styles. This can be seen when reading Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness) by Yoshida Kenkō. “..there was once a man called Hsü Yu. He had not a single possession in the world. He even cooped up water with his hands…a friend gave him a gourd…he threw it away and once more took to drinking from his clasped hands,” Kenkō writes (Kenkō, 235)....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... Some of their writings borrowed upon tendai meditation techniques in which there is a high concentration on certain objects and the observation of those objects in the writing. They associated this idea, which comes from a branch of Buddhism, in relation to the way of poetry as well as a religious practice. Another aesthetic aspect in writings such as the famous Shinkokinshū is that of yūgen, another idea of mystery and depth which touched on Buddhist concepts, which was also highly regarded in relation to the way of poetry....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Japanese Poetry: The Roles of Poetry in Narrative Prose of the Heian Period - The ninth century was one of major turning points of Japanese literature history, in which the kana syllabary was developed, along with abolishment of the legation to China (Handout 8). Moreover, the invention of the Japanese native writing systems served as a stimulus to the creation of a prose literature, as well as the births of prominent female writers (Handout 8). Two types of the prose went mainstream in the Heian literature: monogatari (tale) and nikki (diary) (Handout 8). Murasaki Shikibu’s Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji) is probably the most famous work from the era and therefore I will focus on it as an example in the monogatari genre in this paper; as for the second genre, I will use Ki no Tsurayuki’s Tosa Nikki (Tosa Diary) in the discussion here....   [tags: japanese studies, japanese history]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... The opening passage starts with “The flow of the river is ceaseless and its water is never the same. The bubbles that float in the pools, now vanishing, now forming, are not of long duration (Keene, 1955)”. It is a Buddhism theme that time is flowing and passes by and never comes back. It means that in this world, everything is changing constantly and nothing is the same as before. Said a different way, people want to be attached to this world but nothing stays forever, so this world is dark and you can’t keep anything from this world after you die: that is the impermanence of life....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... Traits like bravery in the face of danger. In another passage we should also see how these kinds of traits are glorified in the literature. In this section one of the generals finds out that there is a battle on the same bridge and is left to make the decision to ford the dangerous river with his men or not, he replies: “If we don’t get across the river now, our name as fighting men will be forever disgraced. If we drown, we drown – we’ve got to make a try at it!” (p.56) So what seems important to him here is not only the urge to help his comrades but perphaps equally important, to not be disgraced as a fighting man for backing down....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry] 1001 words
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Japanese American Internment Camps: A Violation to the Rights of Japanese Americans - ... the U.S. (1943), Yasui v. the U.S. (1943), Korematsu v. the U.S. (1944), and Ex parte Endo (1944)”; Korematsu being the most famous one (Japanese American Internment Cases). And as stated earlier, when the government took the people on the “threat list” into custody, they were not allowed to see their families for months, and in some cases not even for up to a year. The wives/husbands and children of these people had “no knowledge of their location or even if they were still alive” (The Japanese Internment: World War II)....   [tags: legal issues, japanese american rights]
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The True Artisans of Japanese Artifact Swords - Technology has steadily evolved to develop more innovative and productive techniques in the making of various crafts. In addition to enhancing the quality of products, the ability to create them at a higher rate has been discovered. However, quality and quantity are usually inversely proportional to each other. In more recent times consumers have begun to desire Japanese artifacts. Most producers attempt to sate this desire through mass production. While this alternative may be inexpensive, it lacks the high quality that true artisans can deliver....   [tags: Japanese artifacts, Japan, art, swords,] 1262 words
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Man’yōshū and Kokinshū Hallmark of The Japanese Poetic Form - The Man'yōshū can be interpreted as either “Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves” or “Collection for Ten Thousand Generations” was the first anthology of poetry written by Japanese poets. Its significance is captured by the dramatic title, as it has indeed endured for countless generations and influenced the whole of Japanese verse through history. Though the collection includes poems from the lower classes as well as “primitive” songs from centuries before, the contents of the twenty volumes are mostly courtly verses from the upper echelons of Japanese society (Brower 89)....   [tags: anthology, japan, japanese history]
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Discrimination and Stereotyping of Japanese-Americans - With the attacks on the United States by terrorists, many Americans have been experiencing feelings of fear, sadness and tremendous anger. Many of Middle-Eastern descent have been experiencing great prejudice and discrimination and are being stereotyped as terrorists. These types of feelings are very prevalent in American society today. Similarly, though not widely as discussed, Japanese-Americans have felt these feelings directed toward them for several generations. Going from the extreme of being herded to internment camps after the surprise attack of Pearl Harbor, to the more commonplace, being stereotyped in the entertainment industry and internet sites, prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping have been apart of the lives of many Japanese Americans....   [tags: Racial Prejudice Japanese-Americans]
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Japanese Prejudice in Fact and Fiction - Japanese Prejudice in Fact and Fiction The novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is about the way Japanese Americans were treated in the United States during the time of Pearl Harbor and afterwards. Guterson got his inspiration for a novel about a court trial full of prejudice from Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. His father was a lawyer, so Guterson was able to reenact a realistic trial that could have occurred during the late 1940s in the book (Sherwin 1). Kabuo Miyamoto, the man accused of murder in the book, is presumed guilty because he looks different....   [tags: Discrimination Japanese Japan Essays]
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The interactional nature of suspended clause constructions in Japanese - In spoken Japanese, subordinate clauses often occur without their main clauses. Ohori (1995; 1997) called them suspended clause constructions (SCCs) and formulated that a SCC occurs when “the intended message is either contextually inferable or conventionalized.” However, it is not very clear when and how the conversational participants know whether the intended message is contextually inferable (or conventionalized) or not, since a SCC and a “non-suspended version” of subordinate clause are not totally distinct category....   [tags: Linguistics, Spoken Japanese] 1185 words
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Japanese-Americans and the Constitution - Japanese-Americans and the Constitution A Review of the Smithsonian's "A More Perfect Union" Website Brief Description and Museum's Purpose "A More Perfect Union: ..." is organized as a chronology of events centering around one basic theme: the confinement of Japanese-Americans to "concentration camps" during WWII. I believe the message being conveyed to the public is one of a major apology to these Japanese-Americans and their descendants for the great injustices forced upon them. In addition, the museum attempts to warn the overall public that since such a violation of the constitution has proven possible in the past, we cannot blindly rely on the fabric of our constitution to prevent such injustices from occurring again....   [tags: Japanese-Americans concentration camps WWII] 1941 words
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Japanese Animation and Identity - Japanese Animation and Identity In Orientalism, Edward Said claims that, “as much as the West itself, the Orient is an idea that has a history and a tradition of thought, imagery, and vocabulary that have given it reality and presence in and for the West” (5). The complex network of political, economical, academic, cultural, or geographical realities of the Orient called “Orientalism” is a way of coming to terms with the Orient, or to be less geographically specific, the Other. Although Said defines Orientalism to be specifically Franco-British experience in the Arab world, his basic arguments can be applied to the process of Othering in a more general sense....   [tags: Orientalism Japanese Culture Technology Essays]
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Turning points in modern Japanese history - Turning Points in Modern Japanese History The late nineteenth century marked the changing of government, policy, and culture within Japan. In order to understand the nation-state as it is known today, it is important to note key events in the turning of the Meiji Nation in to what is now known as modern Japan. Due to primarily discourse between Japan and China, and later Japan and the United States, the modern nation's expansive empire was annihilated. Militarism and expansionism disappointed the empire as China thwarted the Japanese efforts, with the help of the United States....   [tags: Japan Japanese History] 1631 words
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Japanese Occupation in South-east Asia - Japanese Occupation in South-east Asia Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Background                                                  Pg. 3 Thesis                                                       Pg. 3 Research questions                                             Pg. 3 Rationale                                                  Pg. 3 Methodology                                                  Pg. 4 Chapter 2: Literature Review                                   Pg. 5 Primary sources                                             Pg....   [tags: Pacific War Japanese History Essays]
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A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution - A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution Introduction Located on the third floor of the National Museum of American History, "A More Perfect Union" documents the forced relocation of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II. The exhibit focuses on the violation of constitutional rights that occurred during this process. The purposes of this review are as follows: describe the scope, purpose, and message of the exhibit, analyze how that message is organized and communicated, evaluate the effectiveness of the exhibit, and interpret the exhibit as a cultural artifact....   [tags: Japanese Americans World War II] 2301 words
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The Japanese Attempt to Erase Korean Culture, History and Identity - The Japanese Attempt to Erase Korean Culture, History and Identity Even though none of my relatives were killed or tortured by the Japanese, I am still afraid. I am afraid that my vicarious wounds still linger inside me, affecting everything I do. I know that they destroyed our cultural and spiritual circle that we maintained for five thousand years. They just had to leave a natural trace that actually became part of us. I don't know if I should hate them. It is ignorantly and unwittingly buried deeply in our unconsciousness....   [tags: Japanese History Korea Japan Essays]
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Photos of Japanese American Children in Internment Camps, 1942-1945 - Photos of Japanese American Children in Internment Camps, 1942-1945 Amid a growing anti-Japanese sentiment during World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which called for the evacuation of all persons of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Many individuals and families evacuated to assembly centers and eventually internment camps in ten inland locations across the country. Among the more than 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry interned, many of those were children, and most of these children were American citizens....   [tags: Photos Japanese American Children Essays]
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Japanese Literature: Forms of Waka, Tosa Nikki and Oku no Hosomichi - ... 82-91) (Oku no Hosomichi) (Encyclopedia of Japan) The approximately seven hundred years separating Tosa Nikki and Oku no Hosomichi denote the different worlds in which each author wrote his respective work. Japan changed significantly between the Heian and Edo jidai. The aristocratic court in Kyoto had been usurped during the Kamakura and Ashikaga periods by military governments. At the time of Bashou, the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo controlled Japan, leaving the emperor and his court as figure heads much less power brokers as in Tsurayuki’s time....   [tags: Japan, waka, poetry, japanese poetry, kikou]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature - ... Another important point in regards to the compilation of the Shinkokinshū is that many of the poems were taken from uta’awase, formal poetry competitions. During the medieval period, literature became a source of power and influence for those who contained original texts and taught about them. There was particularly a lot of strife between two schools, Mikohidari and Rokujō. Fujiwara no Shunzei was the head of Mikohidari, and his son Fujiwara no Teika was the more prominent compiler of anthology....   [tags: Literature Changes, Japanese Poetry]
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Japanese Canadians - ... Many were forced from their homes, deported from “protected zones” (Areas 160km and closer from the Ocean, they were created so that no Japanese-Canadians could do any spying or infiltrating). Furthermore, all Japanese newspapers and businesses were shut down. In Obasan the same events occurred as they were evicted from their home, separated and sent to various places across western Canada. This had an adverse psychological and economical impact on them, as the family was stripped of their possessions, jobs, and families....   [tags: Government, Society, Impact] 1060 words
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Japanese History - A nation’s decision to go to war is not one that can be taken lightly. War requires a great deal of sacrifice and more often than not, results in a great deal of pain for an entire nation. For some, the humiliation of defeat may be worse than any physical pain one car endured. As Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War by Akira Iriye shows, Japanese leaders decided that war with the USA was in the best interest of their nation, knowing full well the cost of war. The Japanese leaders` anxiety over the self preservation and self defence of their nation, their anxiety over perceived hostile attitudes from the west, and the importance of making a timely decision on war led them on a path that resulted in war with the USA....   [tags: Economy, War, Natural Resources] 1466 words
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Japanese Americans - ... On Feb. 19, 1942, two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which gave the military the power to designate zones in which "any or all persons may be excluded" for national defense purposes. As result, most Japanese-Americans were rounded up and placed in relocation centers. Japanese-Americans who were forced to live in these camps tired their best to maintain normal lives despite their circumstances. The would distract themselves with leisurely activities like movies and baseball leagues....   [tags: politics, industrialized nation]
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Japanese Women - ... On the other hand, the men were educated and worked in the farms. They were the only ones that were allowed to be successful in the family; not the women. Mrs. Sakai’s parents had a goal for their family was that, “Boys could succeed, but girls would marry and have babies.” All of this made some Japanese women want a different life for their families in the future because they did not want their children to leave their dreams behind. Two of the reasons of why Japanese immigrants migrated that were identified within the interviews were because of family and their husbands....   [tags: immigration, culture, California, immigrants]
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Japanese Katana - A popular ancient Japanese saying states that “The sword is the soul of the warrior.” (Buchanan 120) The warrior in the proverb pertains to the samurai of feudal Japan and the sword refers to their most prominent weapon, the Katana. An ancient blade made through a complicated forging process, the Katana is truly a work of art. Also known as the Japanese long sword or the samurai sword, the Katana is a curved, single-edged blade with ridges along its exterior. It is primarily used as a weapon to cut down or slash its foes (Robinson 28)....   [tags: Art, Sword, Samurai] 1191 words
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Japanese Media - Japanese Media All across the world the influence of modern media is changing people’s lives and Japanese society is no different. Media can influence the way people think, feel and act. As technology becomes more advanced and accessibility of various media sources becomes easier for everyone, the influences of advertising, radio, TV and the movies continue to make a greater impact on society. The Japanese are consider to be leaders in all forms of technology as for this reason people across the world look to them to set trends and lead the way in the future of the media....   [tags: Media]
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Japanese Literature - ... There is another similarity that the Japanese and European literature share and that is in the inclusion of religion. So while Europe embraced Christianity, Japan culture flourished in the inclusion and practice of Buddhism (LaFleur 17). As such, literature (poetry and prose) with Buddhist themes and tones dramatically increased during the Japanese medieval era. In the Heian period, Buddhism did exist in that time period’s literature, but it was not heavy included. In “Kagerō Nikki,” practice of this religion was evident, but its purpose or teachings are not explained or explored....   [tags: Medieval Japan, Heian Period]
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Turning Japanese? - Turning Japanese. In this day and age where money is hard to come by and we want to get the most for our dollar, it's getting increasingly harder to stay loyal to brands, or our country for that matter. Take cars, consumer should consider purchasing Japanese built cars over cars built domestically because they are safer, less expensive and have better fuel consumption. I've never been one to fall into the whole American vs. Foreign car debate, I’ve just driven whatever I happen to like, if it suited my needs....   [tags: Automobiles]
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Japanese Literature - ... The second two diaries gave insight into the court life of the time period. You could also see that culture was at a point where people had time to think and write, showing that times were at least okay, and probably pretty well for them. If they were focused on war or survival everyday, there probably wouldn’t be nearly so much work or poetry being produced. Through the contents of the books you can see that disregarding appearances at court, a lot of people had free time to walk around, wait for lovers, or go visiting others....   [tags: Medieval Japan, Heian Period]
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Japanese Military - Japan has been at a crossroads regarding its defense policies ever since the instatement of Article 9 into its constitution following World War II. Article 9 essentially states that the country may not rearm itself for any reason due to its violently imperialistic nature preceding that war. Even while it was being written, there was heavy debate among American and Japanese politicians alike as to whether or not the article may ever be revoked. Could Japan truly remain a pacifist nation. Would it always be a welfare state under the U.S....   [tags: International Government ]
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Japanese Literature - ... During the medieval period poetry showed many signs of the changing environment; as Huey mentioned in the Medievalization of Poetic Practice waka moved from a form of social expression toward a form of art. Characteristic of the different factions and the increasing fighting of the period, poets also began to disagree and become reclusive within their own accepted styles. Several poetic devices were also developed during the medieval period that I believe were characteristic of the changing social environment; sabi, and honkaobru....   [tags: Medieval Japan, Heian Period]
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Japanese Literature - ... The Rokujo school believed that Man`yōshū poems were the archetype of poetry, while the Mikohidari school thought the epitome of poetry lay in Genji monogatari and other Heian period classics, such as Makura no sōshi. It is believed that retired Emperor Gotoba was able to balance these two factions in the compilation of Shinkokinshū. Distinct poetry fissions, such as the two mentioned above, were not seen in the Kokinshū. The topics of the poems of Shinkokinshū are almost exactly alike those of Kokinshū with a couple of exceptions....   [tags: Medieval Japan, Heian Period]
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Japanese Literature - ... The “zen” concept of Buddhism was especially appealing to the samurai because of its use of discipline and meditation to achieve enlightenment and connection to oneself. This new religion paved a path for new opportunities in literature. Tsurezuregusa or “Essays in Idleness” is a collection of short stories with an overall theme of Buddhism. The stories are seemingly disjointed in its subject matter, but have an overarching theme of impermanence, or mujō, to tie them together. “Truly the beauty of life is its uncertainty....   [tags: Medieval Japan, Heian Period]
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Medieval world reflected in Japanese literature: Examples of Changes and Innovations in Literature (Poetry and Prose) - Even without knowledge of the history in Medieval Japan, one can easily learn that Kamakura era was right in the transition period of the government and that of worldviews among people. The warrior class was gradually and surely coming to power, only by looking into the literature works of the era. Perhaps Emperor Gotoba was one of the aristocrats who were threatened with declination of their status and culture, which could have been his motives to command of the anthology: Shinkokinshū. This power rotation was vividly described in Heike monogatari....   [tags: Japanese Literature]
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Man’yōshū vs. Kokinshū Impact on Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Writings - Man'yōshū and Kokinshū are two of the most important anthologies in Japan. Both of them have had great impacts on traditional Japanese poems, as well as contemporary writings. Although both of Man'yōshū and Kokinshū are extant collections of Japanese poetry, they are very different in various aspects. Differences in their forms, techniques, contents, expressions and aesthetic principles are possibly due to the time of completion. By comparing the aforementioned aspects in Man'yōshū and Kokinshū, distinct characteristics of each of them will be ultimately explained and revealed....   [tags: compare, contrast, japanase poem]
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Japanese Internment - The Japanese Internment Throughout history, Canada has relatively been a supporter of multiculturalism. In the past Canada has had very few racial conflict, although there has been one incident which has had quite a controversial effect about human rights violations and discrimination. This thorn in Canada's side is the Japanese Internment which took place during the second world war. The Japanese Internment took place between the years of 1941 and 1949. At the time most of the Japanese population was concentrated in British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada....   [tags: essays research papers] 1165 words
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Japanese Americans - JapaneseAmericans In the early 1940’s, there was evidence of Japanese-American loyalty and innocence, but the information was not always well known. This, coupled with the factors of war hysteria led to the legal upholding of concentration camps in Korematsu v. U.S. (1944). The injustice was clouded, most immediately by the war, and indirectly by racism at home. The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor left a permanent indent on the way Americans viewed the Japanese. Indeed, it was this one act which thrust the isolationist U.S....   [tags: essays papers] 521 words
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Japanese Canadians - Japanese Internment of WW2 “They spoke of the Japanese Canadians,'; Escott Reid, a special assistant at External Affairs, would recall, “in the way that the Nazi’s would have spoken about Jewish Germans.'; Just like in that statement, I intend to expose you to the ways that the Japanese were wronged by Canadians throughout the Second World War. As well, I intend to prove what I have stated in my thesis statement: After the bombing of Pearl Harbour, the Japanese in Canada were wronged by being torn from their homes to be put into internment camps to serve Canadians through hard labour....   [tags: essays research papers] 1071 words
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Japanese Internment - Japanese Internment The Virtual Museum Of The City Of San Francisco has established a great source for those interested in studying the internment of Japanese during World War II. This topic is reflected very accurately and fairly in the archives of the museum because the archives consist of primary documents. Their archives of original newspaper articles are the basis of this research document. The content listed on the museum’s web site is very relevant to the topic of Japanese internment because it provides a wealth of primary documents including opinions of ordinary people writing to their newspaper to express a wide variety of viewpoints on the subject of Japanese internment during the Second World War....   [tags: Japan War History Essays]
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The Japanese Internment - The Japanese Internment During World War II, Canada was at war with Germany and Italy. Canada was fighting to protect the lifestyle that its citizens had become accustomed to. The soldiers in WW II gave their lives for the good of their great nation. Canada was also facing a major threat in the Pacific. The threat was the powerful nation of Japan. To that point in time Japan was the strongest military force that the world had ever seen. The Japanese government was strongly influenced by military leaders who were in favor of an expansion of Japanese power in the Pacific through military means....   [tags: history] 1496 words
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Japanese Internment - Japanese Internment The Japanese Internment took place between the years of 1941 and 1949. At the time most of the Japanese population was concentrated in the United States on the West Coast of Canada. The Japanese first immigrated to U.S. to work on the railroad in 1900. By 1921 the Japanese population numbered nearly 16,000 people and had possessed nearly half of the fishing licenses in the United States and British Columbia. In 1941, 23,000 Japanese were living throughout the U.S. and Canada....   [tags: Papers] 559 words
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The Japanese Bureaucracy - The Japanese Bureaucracy Japanese bureaucracy has a large power towards Japanese politics. In 1955, Liberal Democratic Party is established and controlled Japanese politics as the government ruling party until 1994. This year is when Social Democratic Party of Japan took a position as the government ruling party. Still the constitution of bureaucratic politics in Japan was not changed even though a different type of political party was leading the government. However, Liberal Democratic Party began to take a government ruling position again since 1996 when Hashimoto became a Prime Minister of Japan until the resignation during this summer due to incapable deal with Asian economic crisis....   [tags: Japan Politics Government Essays Papers] 1183 words
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Japanese Traditions - Japanese Traditions Most Japanese traditions involve every aspect of Japanese life. These traditions have also evolved over a period of thousands of years. One common tradition that may seem very visible to outsiders is the traditional Japanese dress of the kimono. A kimono is a woven cotton undergarment. This dress was the basic dress for the Japanese until more recently where it is customary to wear the kimono just for important celebrations. These celebrations make up the many traditions within Japanese culture that aren’t as visible as the kimono....   [tags: Japan Culture Cultural Art Essays]
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Japanese culture - Japanese culture The small island country of Japan is rich in a culture that has developed over thousands of years. It is very difficult to analyze another culture without some knowledge of that culture first. During my two year residency in Japan, my eyes were opened to the culture of Japan and its people and I grew to love it as much as my own. (The ideas expressed in this essay mainly consist of my own knowledge and observations of Japan). The Japanese are a very traditional people....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Japanese in Control - Japanese in Control Americans who buy Japanese goods, or even US companies that actively source Japanese parts for their products unknowingly help Japanese reach the goal of their economic war. America often complains that Japan must change its ways to become more like us. However, this is not true, as America is not number one anymore. Today, the tables are turned. America, which used to be the world's largest creditor nation, is now the world's largest debtor nation. Currently, Japan is the world's largest creditor nation and we are one of their biggest borrowers (Burnstein 77)....   [tags: Papers] 2290 words
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Japanese in America - Pocky, Anime, manga, kanji. Have you heard of any of these. If not… where have you been. All around us teenagers, children, and even adults are being drawn into Japanese culture through TV, books, and even food. Japanese comics, called manga, take up more and more space on American bookshelves, and they've infused new life into the publishing industry. Japanese animation, anime, is on more and more movies and TV screens and influencing popular toys and games. Before the 80’s when people thought of Japanese imports, they thought of cars, TV’s, walkmans, and other electronics....   [tags: essays research papers] 542 words
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Japanese Prejudice - Japanese Prejudice David Guterson depicts real-life prejudice during World War II in his fictional novel Snow Falling on Cedars. During World War II, prejudice towards the Japanese was strong. Japan had attacked America, and because they had attacked us that meant that every Japanese person was responsible in some way. Similarly, in the novel, Kabuo Miyamoto was blamed for committing the murder of Carl Heine because of his race rather than facts. The white people were eager and willing to point their fingers at the Japanese because it was easy for them to do so during this time period....   [tags: War II Japan Discrimination essays]
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Japanese Internment - After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States was filled with panic. Along the Pacific coast of the U.S., where residents feared more Japanese attacks on their cities, homes, and businesses, this feeling was especially great. During the time preceding World War II, there were approximately 112,000 persons of Japanese descent living in California, Arizona, and coastal Oregon and Washington. These immigrants traveled to American hoping to be free, acquire jobs, and for some a chance to start a new life....   [tags: essays research papers] 700 words
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Japanese Internment - Japanese Internment In 1942, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were "relocated" to areas far from their homes, out of the fear the United States Government held inside their hearts. Japan had just bombed Pearl Harbor. Many of the U.S. seaport areas on the West coast were inhabited by Japanese-Americans. General DeWitt provided a "security plan" for both United States citizens (Caucasian) and the Japanese-Americans...or so it was stated. However, when seeking the fine details of this incident, will we ever know the absolute truth....   [tags: Papers] 1641 words
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Japanese Television - Japanese Television At first glance, Japanese television seems something of a paradox. If not direct conflict to, it seems to reflect little of the dignified nature of Japanese culture and society, yet it is vital to contemporary Japanese life. The average household in Japan watches between seven and a half to eight hours of television per day, and has more than one set[1]. Japanese viewers have been captured by a medium that has been designed to hold their attention through culture, ideology and a quasi-intimate interaction between the TV presenters and their audience....   [tags: Papers] 1540 words
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Japanese Internment - Japanese Internment December 7th, 1941 was a day in history that would be remembered by all. The day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor will stay in our minds for as long as we live. After the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor the Americans had learned that there was a spy that enabled the Japanese to get such precise targeting on Pearl Harbor and destroy many of the ships. After the report of a spy being in Hawaii the United States decided that they would not take any chances and had made a suggestion of eliminating all of the Japanese Americans in the United States....   [tags: Papers] 589 words
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japanese occupation - The American occupation of Japan Fifty years after the end of the second World War, it is easy to look back on the American occupation of Japan and see it as a mild nudge to the left rather than a new beginning for the country. We still see an emperor, even if only as a symbol. Industry, when it was rebuilt, was under much of the same leadership as before the war. Many elements of the traditional lifestyle remained–with less government support and in competition with new variants. The Japanese people remained connected to a culture which was half western and half Japanese....   [tags: essays research papers] 620 words
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Japanese Internment - Japanese Internment The decision to imprison Japanese Americans was a popular one in 1942. It was supported not only by the government, but it was also called for by the press and the people. In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, Japan was the enemy. Many Americans believed that people of Japanese Ancestry were potential spies and saboteurs, intent on helping their mother country to win World War II. “The Japanese race is an enemy race,” General John DeWitt, head of the Western Defense Command wrote in February 1942....   [tags: American History Japan Pearl Harbor Essays]
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Japanese Economy - Japanese Economy The Japanese economy is the second largest in the world, behind only the American economy. As such, its decade long downward slide has many lessons the American economy can learn from. The difference between the economies is one of degree, not type. Our own economy has been faltering of late, bringing fear of recession. The Japanese have been on that road for over ten years, and of late have been making aggressive moves towards a restructuring. This paper will look at the types of reforms planned in the Japanese economy, and more importantly if these reforms will be enough to pull a modern economy from the doldrums....   [tags: essays papers]
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Japanese Gardens - Japanese Gardens The role of gardens play a much more important role in Japan than here in the United States. This is due primarily to the fact the Japanese garden embodies native values, cultural beliefs and religious principles. Perhaps this is why there is no one prototype for the Japanese garden, just as there is no one native philosophy or aesthetic. In this way, similar to other forms of Japanese art, landscape design is constantly evolving due to exposure to outside influences, mainly Chinese, that effect not only changing aesthetic tastes but also the values of patrons....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Japanese Literature - Japanese Literature Japan has provided the world with some of the greatest novelists, poets and essayists ever known. Starting with the writings of the Nara period during the mid-eighth century and continuing until today, great writers have blossomed from the islands of this small eastern nation. Although influenced heavily by China, where the Japanese are believed to have migrated from approximately 3000 years ago, Japanese writers have come to develop a truly unique style (Albert 504). Otomo Yakamochi is credited with compiling the finest collection of poems ever in Japan....   [tags: Papers] 552 words
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Japanese Education - Haven’t you ever wondered why Japanese students continually score higher in academics than the rest of the entire world. Education and schooling in Japan varies greatly than the schooling in America. Japanese students have a greater advantage over their American counterparts in such a way that they are gaining more of an education than the Americans. The Japanese students have to study diligently and work hard to gain a hope of getting a continued education. Japanese children have a greater opportunity to seize hold of their education than the American children....   [tags: essays research papers] 2404 words
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The Japanese Economy - The Japanese Economy The prewar economy of Japan was a Socialist economy and the country was ruled by an emperor up to WW2 and after WW2 it started to lean towards a mixed market economy until what it is today although its government is Socialist it is leaning towards a mixed market economy. The Japanese economy is a mixed economy that leans towards market, it is like this because almost all business are run by private corporations or people and that is the market in the economy. And the reason that they are thriving and are so competitive is because of the trade tariffs and quotas that the government has in place....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Japanese Identity - Japanese Identity Throughout its history, Japan has striven to define its national identity not by its own means, but by those predefined by foreign, and most recently, Western powers. Despite legends of the island archipelago being created by the sun goddess Amaterasu, Japan seems to have consistently maintained a indecisive self-image with respect to its neighbors. In the past, China had represented the pinnacle of culture and technology and had tremendously influenced other surrounding countries in Asia and in the world....   [tags: Japan Culture History Essays] 3661 words
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Japanese Yen - Japanese Yen The Japanese Yen When Richard Nixon suspended the convertibility of US dollars to gold in 1972, the fixed rate between the dollar and the yen was exchanged for a floating rate. The international value of the yen rose sharply and is today one of the most attractive currencies on the market as it directs the world's second largest economy. The yen is controlled by a central bank known as the Bank of Japan or BOJ. This central bank is under the supervision of the Minister of Finance....   [tags: Essays Papers] 855 words
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Japanese literature - Vernon McCalla Japanese Literature Question #2 2. Individualism has been seen as a characteristic feature of the modern world. How do we see the issue of individualism being dealt with in the works we have read. Discuss examples of individualism in both modern and pre-modern texts. In the works we have read, the characteristic of individualism has played a strong role in the lives and decisions of three characters in particular. The characters Basho, Chockichi, and Okada all display similar acts of individualism in their own stories as they depart not only from their homes but also the traditions that have helped shape their lives for many years....   [tags: essays research papers] 1040 words
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Japanese Baseball - Japanese Baseball Japanese Baseball has existed in Japan since 1873. It first appeared amid the social, cultural and technological spasms Japan endured on the heels of the Meiji restoration. The game began as a club sport; Japan's first team was the Shinbashi Athletic Club Athletics (composed mostly of people associated with Japan's first railroad which ran from Shinbashi, in Tokyo, to Yokohama). For a relatively good treatment of Japan's early baseball history see Robert Whiting's "You've Gotta Have Wa," The sport became popular with schoolboys and eventually won recognition from the government....   [tags: Papers] 1259 words
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Japanese colonialism - It is interesting to find that only some political economists emphasize the fact that Japanese colonialism in Korea played a large part in the development of a high-growth economy. In both readings we get to see that Japanese colonialism greatly differed from European colonialism. In one way, this is because European colonialism rarely introduced heavy industry into the economy, or even pushed the economy with such a heavy hand. As well, Japan left Korea with a relatively high level of industrialization, not something we commonly see with European colonialism....   [tags: essays research papers] 654 words
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Japanese Education - Japanese Education Japan is a country that takes education very seriously. This may be understood by the remarkable achievement that has been made. Japan=s education system played a major role in enabling the country to meet the challenges presented by the need to quickly understand Western ideas, science, and technology in the Meiji Period. It was also a key factor in Japan=s recovery and fast growth in the years that followed World War II. We can=t assume that education is the only thing that shaped the country, but can we say that it was a major influence in prosperity and welfare....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Japanese Mythology - According to Japanese mythology, the world begins with the birth of seven deities. These seven deities arise and then pass away in what the Japanese call the, “plain of high heaven.” After this, five more couples were born, the last named, Izanagi and Izanami, who were ordered by their peers to consolidate the earth, which at this point was a chaos of muddy water. Izanagi and Izanami stood on the bridge of high heaven, thought to be the rainbow, and dipped their jeweled spear in the murky water below....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Japanese Kimono - The Japanese Kimono The kimono has had a long history in Japanese culture and has adapted throughout the many periods according to the state of their society at the time. The word kimono simply translates to 'a thing worn' and is generally a long straight-lined gown with liberal sleeves which often double as pockets. Often more informal kimono will sport shorter sleeves and although the majority are made for summer conditions, come wintertime and they will be thickly padded....   [tags: Papers] 864 words
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