Asian Culture


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Japanese Culture

Japan's culture has many diverse aspects that have been influenced by other asian countries. Japan has a unique blended culture. Some very important aspects of Japan's culture are performing arts, tea ceremonies, ikebana, music, art, architecture, festivals, kimonos, calligraphy, and theater. The japanese live a very black and white lifestyle, either things are wrong or right. They often seek harmony and balance in life. Japanese base the treatment of individuals on their social status.

Confucianism and Taoism

Confucianism- was founded in China and is a system of philosophical and " ethical-sociopolitical teachings" sometimes described as a religion.

Taoism- is a spiritual, philosophical and religious tradition of Chinese origin that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao. Tao means "way", "path", or "principle." (This can be found in many other religions.)

Hinduism and Buddhism

Hinduism- a religion or way of life often found in India. The 3rd largest religion in the world. It has many traditions but no single set of scripture or rules.

Buddhism- a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha, commonly known as the Buddha.

Haiku and Tanka Examples


Over the wintry

forest, winds howl in rage

with no leaves to blow.



At a dead man’s throat

lies the rain drenched woolen scarf

that stifled his screams.

Cold Wind howls through decayed trees -

witnesses in the shadows.

-Debbie Guzzi

Indian culture

The Indian culture is one of the oldest in the world. They have advanced in mathematics, architecture, and medicine. India is so diverse, they have 28 states and 7 territories. India has no official language. India was the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, and about 84% of the population are Hindus. Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with chana are important to their diet, also they are known for the use of many herbs and spices. India is known for architecture, theater, dancing, and colorful silks.

India and British Colonialism

The British wanted to take over India because of raw materials, and consumers. In 1781 they gained control of India and colonized it. At first India benefited by getting modern goods, but over time conditions began to get worst for the Indians. Rebellions started against the British but they all were quickly shot down. Then a man named Gandhi came along and started a non- cooperative movement, and then he led a civil disobedience movement. These became very popular and worked really well. Finally in 1947 India gained full independence from the British.


Siddhartha is a popular asian story that tells the story of a man's journey toward spiritual enlightenment and self discovery. Siddartha teaches a lot about the search for spiritual enlightenment, the wisdom of indirection, and inner and outer forces against each other. Common motifs in this story are love, om, and polarities. In this book the symbols mean a lot for example; the river represents the path to enlightenment, the ferryman represents a guide to enlightenment, and when people smile it means that they have reached enlightenment. The story's main meaning is to show the search for meaning in life and to discover who you truly are.

China's Culture

China is a large country and the culture is different in different regions. The communist party that rules the nation is Atheist although Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism are aloud. There are 7 different dialects used throughout China but Mandarin is the most common. Many Chinese dishes are stir fry and use rice, tofu, peanuts, sesame paste and ginger, they are known for spiciness. China is known for its martial arts, writers and philosophers, and their art.