In the Culture section, we will introduce various aspects of Japanese culture.
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words “Japanese culture?” Samurai, tea ceremony, ukiyo-e, shrines, temples, ninja, warriors, or geisha? Maybe manga, anime, J-pop, maid cafes, yuru-chara (mascots), or kawaii? Every person’s preferences and experiences differ, but all of these things listed are unique aspects of Japanese culture.
Pop culture has gained overwhelming support in recent years, mainly from younger generations. The most representative examples of this are anime and manga. Fans from all over the world are enthusiastic about these mediums, and the world encompassing them continues to develop with events such as the World Cosplay Summit, Comiket (Comic Market), and pop-up maid cafes. Even traditional kabuki theater has collaborated with the manga One Piece to create a new cultural fusion of the old and the new.
On the other hand, the architecture of historical shrines, temples, and castles is an aspect of Japanese culture that is completely different from modern pop culture. Shrines and temples may all look similar, but each serves its own god, such as those who hear requests for money or grant supplicants’ wishes in love. Moreover, if you take a look at the shrines, temples, and castles that were built according to the preferences of warriors, you can catch a glimpse of their personalities reflected in the craftsmanship. If you choose to visit shrines and temples, take a minute to look at the architecture and imagine the life of the era they were built in.
Check out the Culture page to find out how to learn more about the cultures rooted in each region of Japan.