Japan, also known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”, is a country where past and future meet. Japanese culture goes back thousands of years, but has also adopted (and created) the latest fashions and modern trends.
Japan is a study of contrasts and contradictions. Many Japanese companies still dominate their industries, but if you read the financial news, it looks like Japan is as good as bankrupt. Cities are as modern and high-tech as anywhere else, but dilapidated log cabins are still to be seen next to designer condominiums with glass fronts. During an average subway ride, you might be seeing childish toys but also extremely violent pornographic content, which can sometimes be enjoyed simultaneously by the same passenger! Japan has beautiful temples and gardens, often surrounded by flashy billboards and ugly buildings. Among many of the modern high-rise buildings you can notice a wooden sliding door in the middle of a modern skyscraper, which leads to a traditional bedroom with tatami mats, calligraphy and tea ceremony. These juxtapositions mean that you will often be surprised and rarely bored by your trips to Japan.
Although Japan has often been seen in the West as a land of blending tradition and modernity and there are definitely juxtapositions, part of this idea is outdated as Japan is the first major Asian power to modernize. as well as Western condescension. and a strong influence. promotion by the travel industry. Please note that the ongoing demolition of some historical monuments in Japan is progressing rapidly, as is the demolition of the famous Kabuki-za Theater. But with the right planning and lack of expectations, a trip to Japan can be incredibly enjoyable and worthwhile.
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