Japanese Culture

Katie Tobias


The people of Japan are called Japanese and Nihonjin. The actual population of Japan is 127,368,088. The birth rate is 8.39/1000. The infant mortality rate is 2.21/1000. The life expectancy for the Japanese is 83.91 years old.


There are many different religions that are practiced in Japan, but the main two are Shintoism and Buddhism. Shintoism is based on the worship of spirits (kami). Buddism is about the cycle of rebirth. Unlike other countries, religion isn't an everyday thing in the life of the Japanese. The main times that the religions are practiced are the birth of someone, weddings, funerals, visits to temples and  shrines, New Year, and festivals.   
Below is a picture of Buddism statues.


The official language of Japan is Japanese. Japanese is mostly spoken in Eastern Asia countries. It is spoken by over 120 million people in Japan and other Japanese communities speak Japanese. The first Japanses writing dates back to early eighth century A.D.


Rice (gohan) is usually in every Japanese meal. There are many other different types of food that go into a typical Japanese meal. Some of those foods are miso soup, different types of noodles, picked vegetables, a lot of seafood (many aquatic animals appear in sushi: fish, squid, octopus, eel, and shellfish). After WW2, dairy, beef, bread an other western foods have become more popular in Japan.   


Traditional clothing in Japan was kimonos. Kimonos look sort of like robes. Womens kimonos have bright colors. The kimono is made of silk and dyed different patterns. There is a long undergarmant under the kimono. That is called nagajuban. The nagajuban goes on top of normal underclothes.There are baggy sleeves. Socks were worn with the sandals. Men's kimonos are mainly black.They wear half coats. It shows the man's family crest they are wearing. There is also a garmet worn over the kimono.  Currently in Japan they wear an average style. The clothing is just like ours. They also have a style with an edge or over the top cute. Styles are definently taken to the extreme in Japan. Tokyo is one of the fashion capitals in the world (Capital of Japan). Right now a goth and cute combination is in style in Japan. Another style is Gyaru and Ganguro. This consists of dark skin, dyed hair in bright colors, and white makeup. Bosozoku and Yakii are the gangsters of Japan.

Music and Traditional Instruments

There are many different types of music in Japan. There is pop and rock music, but there is also traditional music. Gagaku is ancient court music and the oldest type of traditional music in Japan. Biwagaku is a type of music that is played with the Biwa. Shakuhachi is music that is played with the Shakuhachi. The Shakuhachi is a 55cm bamboo flute. One traditional instrment is the Biwa. The Biwa is a three foot long instrument that is made of hollowed out wood. The wood can be mulberry, rosewood, or quince. The strings are made of silk. The Biwa is usually only used for Biwagaku music.

Below is the Biwa   


Japan has many different type of traditional dances. One dance is Bon Odori. This dance was originally to welcome spirits of the dead. During this dance people dance around a yagura (a high wooden scaffold). The people go both clockwise and counter-clockwise around the yugura.


Traditional Housing

This is a traditional Japanese house In Japan

Present Day Housing

This is present day housing in Japan.

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