Monthly Archives: January 2012
Puritan and Pioneer Morality
The world is made up of people who are good and bad, foul and fair. You are either one of the good guys or you are one of the bad guys. If you are not with us, you are against us.
Value of Individuals
The individual has rights above general society and government. Success occurs at the level of the individual. People should not have to fight for their rights. The government should protect the rights of the individual.
Achievement and Success
Success is measured by the accumulation of power, status, wealth and property. What you already have is not as important as what you continue to accumulate.
Change and Progress
Change is inevitable. Progress is good and leads to success. If you do not keep up, you will fall behind. Newer is always better.
All people are equal, both spiritually and in the opportunities. This includes differences in race, gender, disability, age, gender and more.
Hard work and striving is the key to success. Fortune comes to those who work hard and never give up.
Japanese children learn from their earliest days that human completion comes from close association with others. Children learn early to recognize that they are part of an interdependent society, beginning in the family and later extending to larger groups such as neighborhood, school, community, and workplace. Dependence on others is a natural part of the human condition
In personal relationships, most Japanese tend to avoid open competition and confrontation. Working with others requires self-control, but it carries the rewards of pride in contributing to the group, emotional security, and social identity. the notion of harmony within a group, requires an attitude of cooperation and a recognition of social roles. If each individual in the group understands personal obligations and empathise with the situations of others, then the group as a whole benefits. Success can come only if all put forth their best individual efforts.
Decisions are often made only after consulting with everyone in the group. This style of consultative decision-making involves each member of the group in an information exchange, reinforces feelings of group identity, and makes an accomplishment of the decision smoother.
Cooperation within a group also is often focused on competition between that group and a parallel one, whether the issue is one of educational success or market share. Symbols such as uniforms, names, banners, and songs identify the group as distinct from others both to outsiders and to those within the group. Participation in group activities is a sign statement that an individual wants to be part of the group.
Working in a group in Japan requires the development of successful channels of communication, which reinforce group interdependence, and the sense of difference from those who are not members of the group. Yet social interaction beyond that which occurs with individuals with whom one lives and works is a necessity in contemporary society.
Japan is an extremely competitive society.
American is a free country. Therefor, you can choose what religion you want to join. You can also choose to stay in the same japanese religions. Here, I will cite the top 20 American religions.
Shinto gods” are called kami. They are sacred spirits which take the form of things and concepts important to life, such as wind, rain, mountains, trees, rivers and fertility. Humans become kami after they die and are revered by their families as ancestral kami. The kami of extraordinary people are even enshrined at some shrines. The Sun Goddess Amaterasu is considered Shinto’s most important kami. There is no absolute right and wrong, and nobody is perfect. Shinto is an optimistic faith, as humans are thought to be fundamentally good, and evil is believed to be caused by evil spirits. Consequently, the purpose of most Shinto rituals is to keep away evil spirits by purification, prayers and offerings.People seek support from Shinto by praying at a home altar.
Buddhism originated in India. It consist of the teaching of the Buddha, Gautama Siddhartha. Of all the branches of buddhism, the Mahayana is how Buddhism found his way into the Japanese culture. Buddhism was imported to Japan, China and Korea in the form of a present from the friendly Korean kingdom of Kuvera. It did not initially spread among the common people due to its complex theories.Nowadays about 90 million people consider themselves Buddhists in Japan. Funerals are usually carried out in a Buddhist way, and many households keep a small house altar in order to pay respect to their ancestors.
Confucianism is one of the three traditional Japanese religions besides Buddhism. According to early Japanese writings, it was introduced to Japan in the year 285 AD. Some of the most important Confucian principles are humanity, loyalty, morality and consideration on an individual and political level. Neo-Confucianism was the most important philosophy of Tokugawa Japan in government and education. Its influence on Japanese society has been intensive which is still obvious today.
Today, about one to two million Japanese are Christians,or 1% of Japan’s population. Many of them live in Western Japan where the missionaries’ activities were greatest during the 16th centuries.
Jeans, Sneakers, T-Shirt ( sunglasses are optional )
Sun Dress and Heals
Jeans, Boots and a Sweater
A kimono is a long robe with loose sleeves, made with different materials, colors, and in either single or multiple layers, that can be worn by both men and women. Japanese kimonos are literally wrapped around the body, sometimes in several layers, and they are secured in place by sashes with a wide obi to complete the human parcel. They were clothing with more rustic colors and patterns.
Over the following 200 years silk fabrics, new colors, and single layers were introduced to the kimono. The more modern kimono also includes various paddings, belts, cords, and clips. When western clothing was introduced it was made from materials such as wools and, to a much lesser extent, cotton.
Men, boy’s usually wear jeans, a t-shirt and sneakers during summer. During winter we wear jeans, sweaters, and a nice warm boot like Timberlands. When it’s something formal, you wear a suit and shoe’s. For ladies, during summer you can wear a sun dress and heals. During winter you can wear a warm dress or a woman’s suit.