ISONG Asian / Far East Region
Regional Ambassador - Japan
Michiko Mizoguchi, PN, Ph.D
The culture of JAPAN has evolved over the millennia, from the country’s prehistoric Jomon period, to its contemporary modern culture, which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America. Traditional Japanese culture include crafts such as ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, swords and dolls, performances of bunraku, kabuki, noh, dance , and rakugo, and other practices, the tea ceremony, ikebana, martial arts, calligraphy, origami, onsen, and games. Traditional Japanese culture has many roots in Chinese culture, however Japanese culture, even historically differed from Chinese culture. This differentiation of the cultures is due in part to the separation of the two land masses, plus Japan’s periods of enforced isolation from the outside world, further extended the differences between the two cultures.
Japanese is the primary language of Japan. Japanese is written with a combination of three scripts: hiragana, katakana and kanji.