China vs Japan – Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

We sometimes become confused after watching China and Japan. So here is the interesting list difference which proves that how both countries ( Japan and China ) are not same.

Food

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China – Peking duck, dim sum, fried rice, century egg and turtle soup

We know only five tastes. Feature of Chinese cuisine is the presence of as many as eight: in addition to sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty all Chinese will call you more fragrant taste (well prepared dish has a special flavor), fresh (unlike the taste of rice and bread) and gold (similar to the taste of kumquat ).

In Japan – sushi, rolls and sashimi

The main delights of Japanese cuisine are the dishes of raw fish, the most popular of them – it’s sushi and rolls. During cooking, the fish are not subjected to heat treatment to preserve its natural taste. Also in Japan, like when the meal consists of many small dishes – so that you can appreciate the art of the cook and do not overeat. In the classic version on the table at a Japanese aristocrat stood 15-20 small dishes.

Martial Arts

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China – Wushu and Kungfu

Wushu (translated – “martial arts”) – a Chinese gymnastics, bringing together all kinds of martial arts. The word “Kung Fu”, which is often also referred to martial arts in China is any activity in which you can improve, starting from the martial arts and ending with the singing and cooking. Actually, kung fu – is the work on themselves.

In Japan – sumo, judo, aikido, karate, jiu-jitsu

Art of murder, or so-called bu-jutsu – the historical basis of all martial arts in Japan. It trained all self-respecting samurai and ninja. The main objective was a quick and effective neutralization of the enemy. It is a struggle in which there were no rules, because all means are good in a fight. And to complete the battle – do not shake hands and just kill.

Ceremonies

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China, do not bow

Unlike the Japanese, the Chinese do not bow every time when they want to greet someone or someone to say goodbye. The Chinese can only bow down in the case of very great respect to the person at a special ceremony or celebration. In times of dynasties, when a guest came to the emperor, he had to make a deep bow and touch the floor with his head nine times. Other nods existed.

In Japan bow

Bows – an integral part of Japanese life. They do not notice it, bowing even while talking on the phone. Bows are divided over the depth and duration: a welcome nod – 15 °, to respectful – 30 °, the highest respect for the bow – 45 ° and admiration – touching his head to the floor.

Religion

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China – Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism

Since the beginning of the history of China, none of the religions was not the dominant and did not require unconditional commitment. One person could profess several religions at once.

In Japan – Shinto 

National religion of Japan is Shinto. The Japanese believe that everything around them, and endowed with divine spirits, even a stone. Shinto also believe in magic, totemism (the worship of individual animals) and fetishism (the belief in the supernatural power of amulets and talismans).

Home and Away

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China, do not take off shoes

Unlike the Japanese and Koreans, the Chinese do not take off their shoes when they enter the house. But there are exceptions, however, entering the house, better verify.

In Japan take off their shoes

In all houses, many hospitals, restaurants and some offices have to take off your shoes. Therefore socks must always be safe and clean. According to the rules of propriety shoes socks need to deploy to the exit. If you forget to do it or do not pay attention because of ignorance, the host institution or the staff will do it for you. It is noteworthy that if you are thinking to visit the restroom, you will find this special slippers.

Gen

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China, sitting on chairs

It is believed that the “eastern people” prefer low surface: mats, cushions, table tops, barely rising above them.However, the inhabitants of China prefer to sit on chairs rather than kneeling on the floor, as the Japanese. The tradition went from the nobles, who wanted to be higher since the end of the VI century: because the higher a person is, the higher his status. Every Chinese dreamed of the day when he would sit on a chair. Gradually, those have become a common part of the Chinese interior in families of different social circle.

In Japan, sitting on his lap

Seiji ( “sitting on his knees”) in Japan – a science that can be learned. This state – an integral part of a number of traditional Japanese rituals such as tea ceremony, meditation, some martial arts and calligraphy.

 Medicine

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China – acupuncture (acupuncture)

acupuncture specialists believe that each body has its own area on the human body – the so-called meridians. For example, if you have a sore liver, acupuncture is carried out in the area of the feet or ears. In our bodies about 700 points, each of which has its own name and is located at its meridian. By inserting needles into these points affect the energy experts, eliminating pain in the corresponding organ.

In Japan – Shiatsu (push hands)

Shiatsu came to light only in the 40s of XX century, when the physician Tokujiro Namikoshi saw his mother suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, presses down on the sore spots, massaging, rubbing them, and it becomes easier. He devoted himself to the study of this issue and has developed a special treatment method based on point touch of a finger – schiatsu, a type of manual therapy.

Clothing

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China – ple and Hanfu

The traditional Chinese dress called Hanfu (Han Dynasty clothes, III century BC. E.). It is a set of clothing – from underwear to Zapashny robe with a belt. They wore Hanfu both men and women. Pretentiousness and even luxury, it demonstrated all the splendor of the famous silk fabrics. After the seizure of power by the Manchus in the XVII century to replace the traditional Chinese clothes came Changshan men and Tipala (dress of the flag) in women. They stayed for three centuries, until Mao’s not all dressed in uniform. However, now wearing national clothes in China reborn. In general, Chinese costumes look brighter, frilly and intricate than the Japanese. Although the basis for it was the Hanfu kimono.

In Japan – Kimono

Of course, today the kimono is not an everyday outfit, but a couple of suits hanging in the closet of every inhabitant of the rising sun on a holiday event, wedding, prom or other celebrations. Kimono allocates only the shoulders and waist, as the ideal beauty of the Japanese – a “less bumps and irregularities, the more beautiful.” National clothing kimono is considered to be from the middle of the XIX century.

Warriors

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China – Terracotta Army

Qin Shi Huang was the cruel emperor of China. And at the same time very faithful. During his life he began to carefully prepare for the transition to the afterlife. On his behalf, we manufactured and supplied column 6000 clay warriors in human growth and in full armor, so that those guarding the emperor’s peace after death. The clay army came to the children, and, no matter how you try, you can not find here even two identical, because the person clung to real prototypes, that after death the souls of the soldiers found refuge in statues. The most amazing thing that protects the terracotta army to this day the empty tomb, because the sarcophagus Qin Shi Huang still looking around China.

In Japan – the samurai and ninja

The word “samurai” is derived from the verb haberu, in a literal translation – “serve to maintain.” Many people think that the Samurai – is an elite class of warriors, but they were only bodyguards and servants of his lord in everyday life.Farmers, and only then soldiers (who are always after the fight went on the field and cut off the heads of the dead, to please Mr. amount of enemies killed).

Ninja same – a spy, saboteur, spy, spy and assassin in medieval Japan. Ninja, unlike the samurai, were not subject to the feudal system, so they had no chance of career growth, they have always remained in the shadows. In the heyday of a ninja who came to the Middle Ages, in Japan, there were about 70 clans. Occupation was inherited from father to son or daughter. Female Ninja also existed, they were called Kunoichi.

Source – fresher.ru

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15 thoughts on “China vs Japan – Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

  1. Wow… That was insightful, especially on the point of bowing in the cultures. But why did you not talk of language? I may be out of my depth here, but don’t the Japanese still use Kanji in written form? How is that connected to the present day Chinese language? Just curious 🙂

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