Japan might be the most unique country on the planet. Between its culture and climate, there are some truly amazing features. Japan was isolated from outside cultural influence from approximately 12,000BC until the first century AD. After that, much of the cultural influence came from China. During the Edo period, Japan cut off all contact with the outside world. This may be one of the reasons Japan is home to unique creation theories and the Shinto belief system.
The geography of Japan is interesting as well. It varies from subtropical climates in the south to continental in the north. The country is mostly made of up hilly terrain and is 70% forest. Everything from the climate to the isolation of Japan has created a beautiful country rich with unique culture.
“When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.”
“Japan’s very interesting. Some people think it copies things. I don’t think that anymore. I think what they do is reinvent things. They will get something that’s already been invented and study it until they thoroughly understand it. In some cases, they understand it better than the original inventor.”
“In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can’t help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They’re very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you’re there.”
“I think that the Japanese culture is one of the very few cultures left that is its own entity. They’re just so traditional and so specific in their ways. It’s kind of untouched, it’s not Americanized.”
“It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture. It is a different civilization where all you have learnt must be forgotten. It is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience.”