East Asian Culture and History

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The East Asian culture refers to a group of countries and regions that were historically influenced by the culture of China. This group of countries is constituted by China, Korea, Japan and Mongolia .They all shared several characteristics such as a Confucian ethical philosophy, religion, political and legal structures and historically a common writing system.

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China

The Chinese culture is definitely one of the most ancient and complex ones. The area where this culture is predominant covers a wide geographical region and it has a great variety of customs and traditions among its villages and cities. It is the most populated country in the whole world and its language is spoken by the vast majority of the population. Its philosophical thoughts, mythology, music and art have become well know all over the world. Chinese culture adopted several cumstoms from other countries such as buddhism from India.

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Japan

Traditional Japanese culture has many roots in traditional Chinese culture, however Japanese culture, even historically differed from Chinese culture and due to the separation of the two land masses, plus the enforced periods of isolation from the outside world, further extended the differences between the two cultures.

Here they are some Japanese traditions:

  • Geisha are famous female traditional entertainers, who sing, dance, play traditional Japanese musical instruments and engage their clients with interesting conversation.
  • Samurai were a traditional warrior class in pre-industrial Japan, who were easily recognised as they were the only men allowed to carry two swords. Samurai were committed to a wealthy leader.
  • The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a highly developed art form, with several different or styles of it in existence.
  • Traditional Japanese weddings

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Korea

South Korea is an extraordinary country filled with beautiful beaches, thriving cities, ancient temples, remarkable natural scenery and most importantly, friendly people with ancient history.”- Gone2Korea.com

The contemporary culture of South Korea developed from the traditional culture of Korea which was prevalent in the early Korean nomadic tribes. South Korea is home to an endless number of South Korea Tourist Attractions and Korean festivals.

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  • Mongolia

The Culture of Mongolia has been heavily influenced by the Mongol nomadic way of life. Other important influences are from Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, and from China. Since the 20th century, Russian and, via Russia, European culture have had a strong effect on Mongolia. Mongolia is well known for its nomadic traditions. The nomadic way of lifestyle is still practiced today in the rural areas of the country.

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