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KONNICHIWA The Japanese culture dates back to 10000 BC with many fascinating periods and events They span from the days of the samurai and shogun to 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Although a bomb would be a devastating blow for any country rapid industrialization and aid from the United States brought Japan to the forefront of world affairs In the following moments I will attempt to highlight some of the many unique characteristics that Japan has woven throughout its nation This will include the climate people religion customs and business protocol Anyone seeking further information on topics I was unable to cover may wish to refer to my sources The Insight Guides to Japan or The Berlitz Pocket Guides Japan Japan is roughly the size of California with a population of 120million Japanese 670000 Koreans and 130000 of other nationalities The capital of Japan is Tokyo and the government is a parliamentary democracy made up of elected representatives The country is divided into 47 prefectures each with a governor The climate in Japan is generally mild although the country does stretch over 1700 miles so there is some variation according to region and season The rainy season lasts from mid June to mid July followed by six weeks of extreme heat and humidity September brings the wind and the rains and often some typhoons The remainder of the year is mild in the 50s 40s and 30s until March when the temps climb back up eventually to 70s in mid summer Japan is a wondrous country filled with a rich cultural heritage and many customs that are different from those in the western world The customs in Japan have created many dos and donts that make travel to Japan very interesting Many Americans have been guilty of cultural ignorance when in Japanin Japan the religions of Buddhism Christianity Islam and Shinto exist The Japanese
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