JAPAN

Have you ever thought of going to Japan before, but you held back your desire since it would cost a lot of money? Then you are missing the boat. Yes it is a lot of money you have to spend just to touch down there, but all the experience you would likely to have in Japan is not exchangeable to money you will spend on all the things you will buy , in other words, you should go to Japan and have fun over there!

As people might already know, Japan  is the one of most densely populated country of more than 120 million in the world ,and it is stretching from South to North that makes Japan have complete 4 seasons.  Only 20 % of its island, composed of 6,852 little tiny islands including 4 main islands called Hokkaido, Honshyu, Shikoku and Kyusyu, is suitable for people to live their lives. Not to mention the fact that it is the reason why we are so packed at the same place. You might have seen a lot of picture of stores and fast-food place such as McDonald located in cities, Japan: they have a little tiny space for a person and eat foods like pigs eating their food in pig houses. Of course in the morning, people take trains and buses and all the kind of mass transition to commute to their destinations. I personally experienced of being there for entire my life. It is just usual and nothing special to me, but when I took them for the first time, I have to admit that it was quite nightmare to some extent. People were trying to make it to their place so that they were squeezing their body trying not to miss a train that would get them there on time. Speaking of mass transit, Japan has one of most sophisticated system around the world. Everything there is on time. This is not fantasy you see in the movie nor a delusion you see in your dream, but it really is true. You might find it quite amazing when you happen to be there.


Political 

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When it comes to Politic in Japan , there are a lot of ridiculous but literally serious issues going on in Japan that is depends of how you see it.  For instance, we are experiencing rising tensions with surrounding countries China and South Korean. Back in 1910, Japan invaded Korea and incorporated them into Japanese territory, and it lasted quite long until Japan was defeated by the United State in the World War 2. The rumor has it that Japanese troops killed ten of thousand people there during conquering. It is obvious that some Korean people still dislike  and tries to resist against Japan in all respects. Talking about China, it is also true that we invaded in 1930s in the hope of expanding the nation with imperial ideal they had. Japan invaded and established new province that was called “Manshyu” which is till a bone of contention since Japan and China both side are not sure enough that Japanese army killed so many people over there which people might call ” Mansyu Massacre”, but be that as it may, it is true that Japan dispatched its imperial army to China that still lead people to disliking Japan. However, Japan apologized more than ten times and giving donations to them to assist them in order to enrich their economy and now China has been already 2nd largest economy around Japan after the United State and the world factory just like England was back in old days. I hope we will have the time soon when both sides agree upon maintaining peace around Asia and nations in it and try to be more friendly and peaceful to each others.

h1Believe or not China and South Korea are not the only nation that Japan has trouble with. Russia is also one of three countries that Japan has been dealing with claiming that Russia took over one of Japanese islands that are so called “Hoppo Territories. As you can see the picture above, This islands have been occupied by Russia right after Japan surrendered in August in 1945 ,and since then these beautiful islands have not been given back which still leaves a huge headache of all time to Japanese governors. Around 7 to 10 years ago, Japan had a prim minister whose name is ” Soichiro Koizumi” who had better relationship with Russia than ever before in history, but at the end of the day, Japan was not be able to be convince enough to get them back.However Except for that, Japan has quite solid mutual understanding with them on the problems such as natural resources especially Petroleum. Japan and Rudssia agreed to develop the area in steps to pump it up from underground using technologies Japan has.

In addition to all the nations I brought up, the United States is the country that Japan can not ignore for all the time. We had been  battling against each others back in 1940s since Japanese imperial air force dropped bombs on Pearl Harbor on December 7th in 1941 which has been called ” surprise attack from Japan”. Be that as it may, after the war, We have been making all out effort to establish friendly relationship. Japan still has 135 American military bases. Okinawa and Hokkaido are the prefectures where have the great number of them all across the country. For instance , Okinawa has 37 American military bases and Hokkaido has 18 bases. Even tough I have been telling that Japan and the United States are good friends, notwithstanding, We still a lot of issues too. Most important and perpetual issues we have with the United State is American Military bases. Like I mentioned there are a plenty of american military bases in Japan, and for the most of people and the national  government, it is alright and good to have them just in case of emergency, but for those who live in the areas where the bases are located, this stuffs are very sensitive and even nightmare in that there have been a lot of troops staying in the bases committed crimes such as raping and murder against Japanese people. On top of that is that people are afraid of their military aircraft like “what if they mistakenly control their air craft and fall on the civic place such as houses, buildings and etc and kill innocent people?”. Japanese and U.S. government have been discussing these issues for many years, but It seems that it will still take a long time to put an end to it.

If you want to know more about Foreign affairs relating to Japan, please click this website here: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan .


Culture

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We have some unique attributes to our culture– such as temples and shrines which have been in Japan for many years. We have huge market for Anime and video games as well. Come to think about it , Japan is very weird country but also quite intriguing.

Have you seen pictures of Japanese castles before? I assume many of you already have. As you can see the picture above, this kind of architectures and castles are every where in Japan, even on the mountain and in forests and woods. Here is the picture of one of my favorite castle in Japan which is usually called ” Castle in The sky”. This castle was built on the summit of a hill surrounded by taller mountains. unkaiWhen you go there in the morning, because of its temperature ,it generates fogs and it just looks wonderful and seems like the castle is floating above clouds in the sky!

Speaking of Japanese Castles, do you know what kinds of people lived in these beautiful places? Yeah you guessed it, they were Samurai and those important people who was called “Daimyo” who Samurais were always faithful to. samurai-1-for-online

When you hear the word of Japan, you will likely to hear the word of Samurai as well.

As for Food, we have Sushi, Japanese Noodles and etc. Sushi has been gaining its popularity in the World. Everywhere you go, you can find Sushi places without doubt. We eat row fish by cutting and slicing them and we call it “SASHIMI”.It simply tastes out of this world. Except for Sushi and Sahimi, We also have food which is called “Tempura” which is  simply referring to fried vegetables and meats. In the western part of Japan, especially the city called OSAKA is the place you can go and eat them at low price but yet delicious.

We also have amazing technologies everywhere. One of amazing technology we have could t be “Bullet train”. As its name, these trains run like bullets. On top of that, the train arrives  at and departures  from stations on time. This is inconceivable and the trains arrive at station every 20 minutes more or less. The cherry on top is that the train network covers almost all across Japan which means you can go everywhere just by taking the trains. Dont even have to think about all the traffic jams and gas milage you would think about when driving cars.expensive_city_2011_903082

There have to be more interesting culture in  Japan, but I would like to move on the final stuffs about Japan, which is Landscape.


 Land Scape

One of things that Japanese people are proud of is its landscape. Japan is unique and beautiful country to visit. Japan has landscape which is mixture of western and traditional architectures, and places of all four seasons and have woods, forests, river , mountains and beautiful oceans which you can not take your eyes off of.

Sky scraper in Tokyo

Skyscrapers_of_Shinjuku_2009_January_(revised)Tokyo is the world biggest city in the World and its population is more than 30 millions .

Traditional house

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Japan does not have many of these house since the Western culture has been influencing us in all respects in our lives after the World War 1 and 2nd.

I hope you got to know a little bit about Japan,  and rekindle your desire of going and visiting Japan.

  1463057_10201248231038463_1022806959_nFumiya Akashika 
  A Japanese and goes to Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. He has studied in the US and is passionate about communicating with people from around the world. His main field of study is English, but he also studies world affairs, politics, and entertainment. He enjoys writing and facilitating the exchange of accurate and current knowledge regarding the world around him. He also enjoys playing piano and football; in addition, he has his own website, podcast and YouTube channel dealing with global topics. His motto is “the key to the world is in your hands, time to explore.”

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