(515) 283-1892

Japan is one of the most popular countries in the entire world. Japanese has a very rich culture and history. Their traditions are fascinating that every man in the world would want to visit the country Japan. The Japanese people can be described as one of the most ethnical people because as of this day, they still embrace the history of their culture. We can still see some Japanese people that wear their traditional dress or costume along the streets of Japan.

In Japanese History, the accepted periodisation of Japanese Archipelago started in 10,000-300 BC which is name as the Jomon Era or Period. Ancient Japan (Jomon, Yayoi, Kofun Periods) to Classical Japan (Asuka, Nara, Heian Periods) governs with Imperial Government. From 1185-1603 during Medieval Japan, the country governed with several Governments such as Imperial Government, Kamakura shogunate, and Ashikaga shogunate. Parliamentary Democracy is Japan’s Government from 1989 up to present.

The Japanese people have two primary religions. These are Shintoism and Buddhism. Shintoism is Japan’s ethnic religion while Buddhism is a religion imported from China during the 6th century. The Shintoism religion has a belief that every living thing in nature contains “kami” or Gods, while Buddhism has a belief that concerns the soul and afterlife. One of the Japanese traditions is during New Year January 1st to 3rd as they usually go to the ancestral graves of their late relatives to pray and pay respect. Japanese also celebrate the Births by family visits to shrines. Small children are dressed in kimono and taken to certain shrines. The coming of age is celebrated when Japanese turns 20 years old.

Japanese has also been known because of their great works such as manga or Japanese comics and Japanese anime. These have been part of the Japanese culture as it became a global phenomenon across every country in the world. The culture of Japanese people can also be seen with their variants of food. Japan has a lot to offer when it comes to their traditional cuisines. Among all the races, Japanese is one the most enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to food. Rice has been the traditional staple food of Japanese people and some other Asian countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, etc. Sushi is one of the traditional dishes of Japanese cuisine that is also the most popular among all the Japanese cuisine. Its main ingredient is the rice. Aside from sushi, they also have what they call a seasonal food. Japan has four seasons and the food they serve during this days are also connected with the current season. Other popular and traditional Japanese cuisine includes the different way of serving their fish. Because Japan is mostly surrounded by ocean, Japanese usually take advantage of the abundance of seafood in their country, so they have less consumption of meat.

When we talk of Japan, the first thing that comes to our mind is the Cherry Blossoms. Japanese has embraced the blooms of Cherry Blossoms as their tradition as this became a special event on their calendar. The Cherry blossom is also known as “Sakura” starts to blossom some time in February beginning in Okinawa and working its way to the northern part of Hokkaido in May.

 

 

 

The History and Facts of Japanese Language

Nihongo is the official and primary language of Japan. Japanese is the English translation of the language “Nihongo”. More than 130 million people in the entire world speak the Japanese language. The Japanese or Nihongo language has a distinct pitch-accent system. Meaning the same word have different meaning depending on the intonation used. The pitch-accent system is their process to distinguish a word on different Japanese dialects. There are three classifications of Japanese pitch-accent system. These are Scalar Pitch, Binary Pitch, and Downstep. The Scalar pitch can be determined if the accent is on the first linguistics and the pitch starts high, drops suddenly on the second linguistics, then levels out. However, If the word doesn’t have an accent, the Japanese described the sound as Flat. While the Binary pitch is determined If the accent is on the first linguistic, then the first syllable is high-pitched, and the others are low. For words that are accentless, the first linguistic is low, and the others are high. Lastly is the Downstep, the pitch drops between the accented linguistic and the subsequent one, and if it does not have a downstep, the pitch remains more or less constant throughout the length of the word.

 

There are a lot of dialects that are being spoken by the Japanese people. The abundance of their dialects is due to the length of time that the Japanese Archipelago has been inhabited by different races and its mountainous island territory. Aside from the pitch-accent system, the Japanese dialects also differ in inflectional morphology, particle usage, and vocabulary, vowel and consonant inventories.

 

The Japanese dialects are classified into two primary clades, Eastern including Tokyo and Western including Kyoto. Additional branches of the Japanese dialects are Kyushu Japanese and Hachijō Japanese. The Japanese language is the only major language that the root affiliation was not known. Most of the historic declamations of these dialects are based on hypothesis and declarations of the Old Japanese people. According to history, the Japanese language or dialects is believed to be brought to Japan by immigrants coming from continental Asia or nearby Pacific Islands during the Yayoi period.

 

The Old Japanese Language was known to be the first and oldest official language used by Japanese people during the Nara Period in the 8th century. There are books found that contains old Japanese writings which are believed to be influenced by the Chinese. During this time, Old Japanese uses the Man’yōgana system of writing, which uses kanji for their phonetic as well as semantic values and can be reconstructed as having 88 distinct syllables.

 

The Early Middle Japanese Language is used from year 794 to 1185 during the Heian Period. Syntactically, Early Middle Japanese is a subject-object-verb language with topic-comment structure. The Late Middle Japanese language covers the year from 1185 to 1600 and is divided into two sections, the Kamakura period and the Muromachi period. The Early Modern Japanese Language is a period of transition in which the language sheds many of its medieval characteristics and becomes closer to its modern form which was used during the 17th century to 19th century. The Modern Japanese Language was used during the Edo period from 1603 to 1868.

 

References

/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_pitch_accent

History of Japanese Blood Typing

Copyright 2017 Japanese Language Coaches. All Right Reserved.