Japanese Essays

Japanese Spirit, Western Things

a) How did Japan modernize their economy without embracing Western Culture? Japan has proven that economic modernization is possible without embracing economic culture. Rather, Japanese philosophy of decolonization (Suzuki, 1996) and isolation were imposed because the government wanted the country to become independent and sustainable without the help of other nations. Although Japan attempted to include Western science (Kasulis, 1995) and absorbed Chinese tradition and culture including technology, philosophy, and literature a couple of decades and a half, Japan decided…

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A Comprehensive Comparison of Japanese

The two East Asian countries, Japan and China share some cultural similarities. This is a result of belonging to the same area and sharing a religion, Buddhism. In Japan, the earliest complex art has emerged in the 7th and 8th centuries. This early form of art displays a style which has been distinctively influenced by Buddhism. Buddhism has played a major role in sharing Chinese art techniques to Japanese artists because teaching has been made through the medium of Buddhist…

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The Japanese Ceramic

The Japanese ceramic bowls in LACMA’s permanent collection show a clear difference between the pre-1650 stoneware pieces and the slightly later porcelain items. While the stoneware works are more abstract and coarser-looking, generally giving the appearance of folk objects, the porcelain bowls have a delicate, refined appearance indicating their manufacture for the social elites and suggesting their more decorative uses. The oldest bowl, dubbed “Dish with the Character for ‘Spirit’,” dates from circa 1580 and is a stoneware piece in…

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Japanese Traits

In short, the characters of anime show the Japanese who so aspire to Western traits as they would like to see themselves. It is an effect that cannot possibly be duplicated by live actors, who — being alive — can never really change the physical characteristics determined by their genetic makeup. They can dye their hair and even change their eye color with contact lenses, but they cannot fundamentally alter their skin color, facial features, or physique. And even if…

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With the Old Breed_ at Peleliu and Okinawa

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa provides the graphic accounts of battlefields at Peleliu and Okinawa during WW2. It directly comes from the memories of a front-line soldier. It is based on the personal memoirs of Sledge. In order to avoid the false accounts, he uses the survived notes that he used to keep in the pocket sized Bible during the World War II. He has further collected the first-hand accounts from other soldiers who participated in the…

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Japanese Pornographic Animation

Susan J. Napier’s “The Frenzy of Metamorphosis: The Body in Japanese Pornographic Animation” describes how both female and male bodies are depicted in Japanese animated pornography. Napier explains how male dominance over women is portrayed in the different animated films she has cited, where gender-specific roles are usually restored in the end of each film or series. For example, the female lead character in the animated film Wicked City is portrayed as a better warrior than the male lead character,…

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Japanese Television

I have always believed that there is no other better way to learn than by teaching. Many people say that you lean best by studying yet I disagree and say that one always learns best when teaching. Education is a two way street. The student learns from the teacher and the teacher learns about the student and more about life. It is with this in my heart that I have come to make the decision that I want to move…

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Japanese Foreign Aid

Japan was the highest donor country in the mid 1990s. The rise to this status was gradual, spanning over 40 years. What began as a compulsion as an after effect of the Second World War, became an important tool of the foreign policy of Japan. It was under the US pressure that Japan began giving financial aid to the poorer countries. The amount kept on rising, to reach its peak in mid 90s. This was followed by a steep decline…

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Japanese American Internment of 1942

The Japanese American internment which took place during the second world war referred to the relocation and confinement of over 100,000 people who were Japanese Americans or nationals of Japan. These people were taken to housing facilities which were commonly known as the war relocation camps. This internment was carried out selectively in the United States with most of those who were interned being individuals who were living in the west coast of the country. This operation of forceful internment…

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The Resurgence of Japanese

Japan Rising is a text concerned with the eastern rise of power in the contemporary global domain. It was written by the political and cultural historian Kenneth Pyle with regards to the significance of Japan’s turbulent time since the end of the second world war. We will be conducting an analysis of this text in relation to both the external global environment and the internal national environment. The text begins by putting forward the philosophical underpinnings of historical text making….

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Bombs on Japanese

A number of analyses have been conducted on the bombing action that was carried out in the month of August the year nineteen forty five by the US on Japanese cities. This bombing was very significant since it resulted to a very large number of deaths and further effects which are still evident in some people including those caused by radiation. The main reason as to why this action has attracted a wide range to philosophical analysis is that; despite…

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