There is a distinct difference between reading about a culture in a textbook and experiencing it in person. Despite having amassed nearly four years of Japanese instruction in high school, nothing could have properly prepared me for the cultural shock I experienced when I arrived in Japan. If it were not for my wonderful group leader constantly chiming in with helpful cultural notes like how the Japanese are usually quiet on public transportation (as opposed to New York City subways, of which I am very familiar with), and how the Japanese rarely exchange money hand-to-hand and instead use trays, I would have probably offended one Japanese person too many. However, by the time I arrived back to the States, I was once again subjected to another cultural shock—I had actually become so immersed in Japanese culture that I was unaccustomed to American culture by the time I returned! Learning to follow and respect the social customs of Japanese society has instilled within me a deeper appreciation and understanding of cultures other than my own. In addition to my group leader, my group members were truly the backbone of this life-changing experience. Not only were we teenagers who shared the common struggle of being immersed in a foreign culture, we were also teenagers who were ecstatic about being in a country whose culture and people we loved (many since childhood!) We would constantly muse on and on about how we were extremely excited to soak in all the sights, smells, and tastes of Japan (and of course, those serendipitous gusts of winds during the infamous hot and humid Japanese summer!) My favorite part of this experience was, by far, the
start of WWII in 1939, the whole world was in a funk. We seemed to be facing a world wide Great Depression, leaving the world unemployed and desperate. Nationalism was sweeping through Germany, China and the Empire of Japan had been at war for 8 years, and German, Italy, and Japan were just beginning to test the League of Nations with multiple invasions (which proved to be without consequences.) The Spanish War broke out in 1936, almost like a dry run before the World War to come. In this war, Germany…
Mongoloid peoples who inhabited most of Asia and the New World (Norbury, 2008). The geographic location of Japan is the north-eastern Asian islands. The four major islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, along with many smaller ones (Bramble, 2004). The language spoken in Japan is Japanese. Throughout the early history of the Japanese there is an abundance of civil wars with rival groups. However when the Edo period came about there was a long period of peace for over two hundred and fifty…
November 20, 2014
Japanese and Western European Feudalism
There are time periods in the history of both Japan and Western Europe in which feudalism was the system of government. In a feudal system, a peasant or worker known as a vassal received a piece of land in return for serving a lord or king, especially during times of war. It was the major political system of both cultures between the 11th and 13th centuries, involving a system of mutual obligations. Though they share…
LV in Japan
1. Each student will read the case(s) ahead of time before attending to the class.
2. Your group will be assigned to one or several questions in class.
3. After a thorough group discussion, your group will outline/summarize your answers into a PPT file and drop it onto the Blackboard’s drop-box.
4. Your group will present and lead the discussion of the question(s) assigned to you. Although the group in charge will be the major discussants for the assigned question(s),…
Japan, like other third-wave civilizations, borrowed a lot from one of the old and big civilizations as it was starting to develop and making its place in the new world. But however, Japan was very unique and different from other small and new civilizations since it adopted many things from China but changed and mingled those things with its own native beliefs. Most of the new civilizations after 600 CE adopted a lot from old civilizations; but however, they just copied their different systems to…
The United States’ use of the second atomic bomb on the city of
Nagasaki was a necessary evil. The first bomb used on Hiroshima
was not enough to convince Japan of an unconditional surrender. In
order to stop the war and save the lives of both american and
japanese soldiers, the second atom bomb, nicknamed “Fat Man”,
needed to be used. The second use of the atomic bomb proved not
only to Japan, but the entire world that the U.S wasn’t just a onehit
wonder when it came to dropping nuclear bombs. It allowed the
weapons, in war. Adolf Hitler led a group called the “Nazis.” Hitler and his party blamed Germanys status on the Jewish population and on a democratic government. On May 8, 1945 the Nazis surrendered unconditionally, but the war eventually concluded on September 1, 1945 when the last Axis power of Japan surrendered.
In the 1930’s the Americans and the Japanese quarreled over Southeast Asia for its valuable resources such as oil, rubber and tin. With strong forces, Japan succeeded in invading China. The…
Japanese cosmetics producer, market leader in its home country and one of the top ten players in the industry worldwide. Founded 1872 by Arinobu Fukuhara, Shiseido is also known for being the oldest cosmetics company in the world.
Net sales (consolidated): $ 7,024 billion Number of employees: 28,810 SHISEIDO group: 89 companies 29 domestic 57 overseas
STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS
Apart from being market leader in Japan, Shiseido is putting a lot of effort…
years ago on the first of September 1939. Germany invaded Poland without warning. Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party in Germany. He had the belief that German citizens were superior to all others. Hitler goals were to obtain all of the power in Europe and eliminate everyone he considered to be inferior. This included Gypsies, Jews and the handicapped (World War-2). Hitler as Germany’s Leader he started to take over countries and populated them. Many of the Germans believed that the territory…
Generally considered that the Pacific War began on 7/8 December 1941
Empire of Japan invaded Thailand and attacked British possessions in:
- Hong Kong as well as the United States military base in Pearl Harbour.
Some historians contend that the conflict in Asia can be dated back to 7 July 1937 with the beginning of the Second Sino Japanese war between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China
Possibly 19 September 1931, beginning with the Japanese invasion…