Learning from Japan−past, present and to the future
和 宗教 日本人の宗教は神道ですか、それとも仏教ですか？
|Understanding Japanese culture thought key words
Japanese Seasonal Events and Festivals
◆和（Wa） - Religion wa is a kanji for peace, harmony, existence
Are Japanese people Shinto or Buddhist?
◆間（Ma） - Greetings ba meansplace, occasion and situation
Why do Japanese people stand apart when greeting?
◆場（Ba）- At parties ma means distance, space and pause
Why donﾕt Japanese people say what they want to drink?
◆氣（Ki）- Aikido ki means air, spirit and mind(the smallest unit in the universe
Why can a small person overpower a large person?
◆技（Gi) - Five-storied pagoda waza means technique, performance and skill
Why has a pagoda never been known to collapse in an earthquake?
◆智（Chi） - Ise Jingu chi means wisdom and intellect
Why is Ise Jingu rebuilt every twenty years?
◆美（Bi）- Bangasa bi means beauty
Why is the light so beautiful under a bangasa?
◆衆（Shu) - Ukiyoe shu means popular and public
Were ukiyoe pictures the start of mass-media in Japan?
◆柔（Jyu) - Kimonos jyu means soft, flexible and adaptable
Is a kimono only a piece of cloth?
◆観（Kan） - Karesansui kan means view and philosophy
What can you see in Karesansui?
◆素（So） - Japanese food so means basic, natural and undecorated
Why do Japanese people like raw food?
◆然（Zen) - Paddy fields zen means Nature and inherence
Why is rice grown in wet paddies?
★This calendar was produced by Nihon-no-Kaze（Japanese Wind)
for people who want to know more about Japanese culture.
Explanations are given in Japanese and simple English for easier understanding.