Japanese heritage, between tradition and modernity

Japanese heritage, pivotal periods in history, emblematic monuments, diverse and varied personalities who have left their mark on Japanese society or reviews on traditional objects, you will travel through our articles in the heart of this magnificent country that is Japan.

Japan in the past

Both strange and fascinating, the so-called Land of the Rising Sun has always intrigued Westerners, particularly through its history and culture. Inspired by Chinese traditions, Japan took off in the 700s AD and underwent many changes.

Initially concentrated in the capital city of Nara under the control of the first emperors, power was then moved to Kyoto where Japanese feudalism was established. These were the beginnings of samurai culture and the development of arts such as Noh theatre and the tea ceremony. It was in the 15th century that the country, then torn apart by civil wars, had its first contacts with Europeans and Christianity. This agreement was short-lived.

In the 17th century, Japan was reunited and power moved to Edo (now Tokyo) where foreigners and their religion were no longer welcome. In the 19th century, the Americans arrived in force. This was the beginning of industrialisation and the modern history of Japan, punctuated by military victories and economic crises. It is also the time of the expansion of Japanese culture throughout the world.

Modern Japan

Today known for its famous traditional festival announcing the arrival of spring (the mame-maki), but also for its Sanno Matsuri (the Sanno Festival) held every year in Tokyo, Japan oscillates between tradition and modernity.

During your escapades in this country, if you are lucky enough to go there at the right time, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Hanami, a time when the Japanese are used to meet to contemplate the cherry trees in bloom in the Ueno Park in Tokyo.

Finally, French fans of Japan who don’t have the opportunity to go there will still be able to meet up during the famous Japan Expo which takes place every year!

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