Saturday, July 28, 2007
A Reason to Travel to Japan
Pictured: Shinjuku, Tokyo courtesy of Fuji Film Staff
by: Ryu Yuki
When you think of Japan, what comes up to your mind? There might be “Sony” and “Toyota” or “Samurai” and “Geisha.” You might consider that the former ones represent the modern Japan and the latter ones represent the past. However, the real Japan is not so simple and contains both aspects together through its historical stream. It is a little bit hard for people to understand that two different characters exist in one country.
There are some clues to the real face of Japan. As you know, Japanese cars are becoming more and more popular in the US. The reasons for this are the typical quality of Japanese products. Practicability and Flavor. The reliability is that people can count on and the quality is that owners can be satisfied with for a long time. How about Japanese food. Sushi is one of favorite healthy food these days. Thirty years ago almost nobody was willing to eat raw fish in the US, however, recently there are so many sushi restaurants around urban cities like Los Angeles. People eat sushi because it is not just a efficient diet menu but also an cultural experience. They recognize color scheme of sushi dishes. Red, green, black, yellow, and white on the plate. It is a kind of artistic presentation with natural ingredients.
Any basic daily activities of people, food and craft, gradually grows to be the level of culture after many years. Japan has been organized as a nation for about 1500 years and developed the living style to the cultural value. Even though Japan obtained a lot of influence from the US after the WWII, her original essence remained and still exist everywhere in the country. TOYOTA and SONY could not happened as world famous companies without the soul and cultural background. When you really want to feel and realize what it is, it’s time for you to get on an airplane to Japan. You will start connecting the depth of the culture and spirit of the mysterious country from the very first day.
For more Japanese information, visit the author's blog site http://www.traveltojapanblog.blogspot.com .
About The Author
Ryu Yuki, a Japanese journalist in Los Angeles, is a creator of a personal blog site, http://www.traveltojapanblog.blogspot.com which contains Japanese issues from a native point of view.