The Japan is an island country, located in the Pacific ocean, at the East of the Asia. The politic of the state is a constitutional monarchy, where the power of the emperor is very limited. The money there is the Yen ( 1€ = 120Y ). The Japanese society is very different than the our. It is based on religion (we find a lot of little temples in the towns), respect and work (a lot ofpressure weigh on the young/new generation). It's a big center of technology.
Some informations about Japan
The Japan, in spite of its predominant culture and its traditions, is more and more influenced by the Occident.The Japanese society come of a feudal system, but the Japan is today egalitarian. The social class is definite by the education and the professionalsituation. This system gives an important pressure on the young. The families values are really important/ occupy a central place in the society. The family practises a constant pressure on the member of it, but the old person is very respected, considered like the incarnation of the past, the present and the future.Since the eighties, the Japanese population gives an impression to be a hard worker.They give a big devotion to their boss, But we can find some tragic cases, like the workaholism (= addiction au travail), Karoshi in Japanese, which draw away the death of some workers.The mentality of group is present too in the society. Many colleagues are going to drink a glass after work before to come back at home. We can identify the three main religions : the Shintoism, the Buddhism andthe Confucianism (more a moral code than a religion).The Shintoism (voie des Dieux), is the oldest religion of the Japan, it was the state religion between 1870 and 1940. It is a polytheist religion in which the divinities are untitled the kamis, they take care of the nature, the living beings, the death and the things. The main kamis are : Izanami : the first woman, Inzanagi, the first man,Amaterasu the sun goddess, Tsukuyomi, the moon god, Susanoo, the seas and the storms god, Inaririce god, Saruta-hiko, the earth god, Ame no huzume, déesse de la gaieté.There is a long time ago, the emperor's decision had to be approved by the kamis, which are considered like his forefathers.
So, first, at the beginning of my trip, I was in the capital : Tokyo. I went to Ginza, it's adistrict of the city. It's known to be a place very animated even the night. We can see (like a lot of other places in Tokyo) some skyscrapers with screens on them, coloured neons... We can do shopping, we find a lot of marks shops (Gucci, Prada, Chanel...)
It's really interesting to visit the imperial Palace. Unhappiness, I didn't have this chance , because it's only opens twice in a year :at the birthday of the emperor and the Japanese New Year. But it's possible to have a walk in the imperial garden which is beautiful and always opened.
The cherry trees are like a worship (=culte) for the Japanese.
Shibuya is an other district, famous for to be fashionable. We can see a lot of young Japanese worn of a way particular.
The Senso-ji is a temple located in Tokyo. It's theoldest temple of the capital, it's built in 628 after J-C. According to legend, a statue of the Kannon, the goddess of mercy, was found in the Sumida River in 628 by two fishermen, the brothers Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari. Even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. The chief of their village, Hajino Nakamoto, discerned the holiness of the statueand enshrined the statue by remaking his own house into a small temple in Asakusa so that the villagers could worship the Kannon.
Takayama was the second destination of my trip. For to go there, I took the Shinkansen : it's a very fast train, a little like the TGV in France. But it seems more modern. Takayama is situated in the country side, in the mountains. It's a town more...