History, Language & Culture 日本

歴史、言語と文化 日本

An ancient Neanderthal culture, approximately 30,000 years B.C., is the first known evidence of human habitation on the Japanese archipelago. After that, it was the Jomon period, about 14,000 B.C., with a semi-stationary hunter-gatherer culture, the Middle Stone Age to the Neolithic. Which is characterized by living in pits and simple agriculture. Including the ancestors of contemporary Ainu and Yamato people Decorative pottery from this period is also one of the oldest surviving pottery specimens in the world. Around 300 years B.C.E., the Yayoi people began to enter the Japanese Islands and Jomon. The Yayoi period, which began around 500 B.C., initiated a revolution like wet rice farming. New pottery And metallurgy from China and Korea.


More than 95 percent of the population uses Japanese as the official language. Japanese has a way of conjugating verbs and vocabulary expressing the status between the speaker and the audience. Which represents the level of society characteristics of Japan The spoken language has both a common language and a local accent. Such as the Kansai accent. Both public and private schools often offer Japanese and English as compulsory subjects.


Japanese culture has long evolved since the Jomon period, a traditional culture of the country. To contemporary mixed culture, which has been influenced by Asia, Europe and North America. Japanese traditional arts include crafts such as Ikebana (flower arrangement), origami, ukiyo-e, dolls and porcelain. Pottery, performances such as kabuki nobunrakuragugo, and traditions such as playing, tea ceremony, martial arts, architecture, gardening, swords and food, a combination of printmaking and Western art It has led to the creation of popular Japanese manga or comic books both inside and outside of Japan. Manga-influenced animation is called anime. The Japanese game console industry has flourished since AD 1980.

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