Japan – The Land of the Contrasts and Perfection

The world is full of colours, traditions, diverse culture with myriad hues that combine to induce an inexplicable sense of wanderlust! Travelling is based on individual interest driven by a quest to explore the unknown, and memorise the unseen. Travel to Japan is not just full of surprises but even contradictions. http://www.japnudes.com/

A country where the past graciously meets the future, where the ancient co-exists with the modern and futuristic, Japan has a wealth of many known and unknown cultural and societal traditions that are intriguing and perhaps even alarming (to some at least).

Your first impression of Japan will be a country that has striking contrasts and paradoxes. An open mind and a handy cam will serve you well on your trip to this ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Japan’s geographical location at the outermost edge of Asia, has contributed immensely in shaping not just Asia’s but its own millennia old history.

As confluence of cultures weaves themselves in the existing fabric of Japan’s own, the product is nothing less than striking and at times stupefying. With everything from Sumo wrestling to samurai warriors, Zen temples to love hotels, reproduction of Eiffel Tower to modern shimmering buildings and from traditional Kimono wearing Japanese women to Geisha girls, to Zen gardens, to traditional tea ceremonies and Cherry blossoms – Japan is a freely flowing river, gurgling down the stones, and impediments at its own pace, in its own time. These juxtapositions mean that you will rarely be bored in Japan!

History and Culture

It is not unusual to initially feel out of place in a strange country where people speak a strange language! So, somewhere between the graceful politeness of their manners, the occasional boisterous exchange of notes over a few drinks, the tall futuristic looking skyscrapers co-existing with shanty homes of the poor, the sanitised shopping arcades with dazzling lights, the beautiful Zen temples and the religious chanting, the unexpected festivals, and the many rituals deeply rooted in superstition and religion, you are bound to find your very own vision of this island.

According to the records, the very first traces of Japanese civilisation lead us to the 5th century, but archaeological evidence is only 500,000 years old. Emperor Jimmu, of 7th century, is known to be the founder of the present Monarchical lineage and the first Japanese state to be established was Nara and the empire later spread to Kyoto and Kamakura until the country’s anarchical revolution in 15th century. It was in 1600 that Tokugawa re-united the country and founded the feudal state of Tokugawa Shogunate having the capital Edo (modern day Tokyo). The feudal ruler imposed a strict caste system and ruled the country with the help of his samurai warriors, not allowing for any social mobility.

Then in 1854, U.S. Commodore Mathew Perry arrived in Yokohama with his fleet of Black Ships, forcing the ruler to open his country for trade with the west. The resultant chaos led to the collapse of the Shogunate and in 1867, Japan dived headlong into a drive for modernising and industrialising the country and as a result began to expand its territories and colonizing its neighbours, which led to the catastrophic WWII.

Time of Visit and Things to See

With over 98% of the population ethnically Japanese and reputed for their impeccable manners, you will be always welcomed wherever you go. They are very helpful to foreigners and are not very comfortable dealing with foreigners and you may find them reserved and unwilling to communicate.