Multicultural Psychology Research Paper

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Multicultural Psychology

Japanese Culture

Culture is commonly understood as a set of shared beliefs, values, goals and other such common ideas practiced by a group. It is an integration of art, architecture, language, food, music, lifestyle, religion and other such facets which are the defining feature of every culture. Amongst the several varying cultures of the world, this paper would focus on the Japanese culture thereby highlighting its practices and also linking it with the traditional psychological theories.

The Japanese culture is a complex system which is seen to go through a number of transformations. The initial establishment had an influence from the Chinese and Korean practices. As a matter of fact, it was the military that actually ruled the country. However, apart from going through several military conquests, instabilities and isolation, the Japanese culture took a new turn under the influence of the Western presence ultimately making Japan the world power.

In this regard, like every other culture, the Japanese culture has several distinct practices and assets which make it different from the rest. From a foreigner's point-of-view, a Samurai warrior with an ancient weapon and a typical Geisha serving sushi would be some of the eye catching activities which define a Japanese culture. The language spoken and written in Japan is known as Japanese which is not seen to overlap with the language of China or Korea. Similarly, the traditional Japanese clothing for men and women is a Kimono which covers the complete body. In addition, despite the advent of the modern fashion, the traditional kimono is still worn especially on big occasions. For this reason, the color and the style of a Kimono varies from season to season which has continued since several years. This shows the importance attached to clothing in Japan because of which the traditional style is still being preserved. Moreover, the Japanese culture attaches great value to the way one presents himself. In other words, Japanese beliefs…

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