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Japanese Essays

Japan No More - Japanese Culture and the Influence of Western Festivals

Just about one and a half centuries ago, Japan had been isolating itself from much of the world for over two hundred years during the Tokugawa Shogunate. Nevertheless, with the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry who compelled the opening of Japan, Japan has changed. It’s once profound culture has changed. …

How does Guterson present distrust of the Japanese in the novel Snow falling on Cedars

Snow falling on Cedars is a novel that centres around the anti-Japanese sentiments felt by Americans. Guterson’s portrayal of island life for the Japanese population living on San Piedro evokes pathos in the reader for their plight and the prejudice directed towards them by the Americans. We understand that the …

Japanese Forms of Operations Management are Inappropriate to Western Organisations

I would like to start by pointing out that I strongly disagree with the statement above. In this essay, I am going to give evidences to support my view. I will define some major Japanese forms of operations management and discuss their advantages and disadvantages to organisations in order to …

The Role of Competition in Industrial History of Japan

Japan has the most outstanding industrial development among Asian countries. It can be compared to the development in many big countries such as Germany, Britain, France and United States. However, the development of industry in Japan has its own uniqueness. Japan industrial development was mainly caused by its decision of …

Deciphering Truth and Modernism in Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s In a Grove

For a reader, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s 1922 short story In a Grove gives more questions than answers as the last sentence ends.  Within the story Akutagawa presents seven accounts surrounding the murder of a samurai named Kanazawa no Takehiro in a bamboo grove.  Three of the seven accounts clearly contradict each …

Japanese Internment

The first generation of Japanese Immigrants (Issei) first arrived in Hawaii. Between the years of 2861 and 1940, 275,000 Japanese people immigrated into Hawaii and the US mainland. Most of these Japanese were hired to work as laborers in sugar fields in Hawaii or the farms in California. In Hawaii, …

Japanese Aesthetics

Introduction A full and in depth appreciation of Japanese Aesthetics entails a comprehensive insight of the philosophical foundations and principles behind art and art making in Japan.  Unlike the western notion that treats art as distinct from the regular lives of people; Japanese art is a way of life. Thus, …

Japan Economic Policies and Development Dynamics

The island nation of Japan has always intrigued me because of the way it has surged after its destruction during the Second World War. Japanese to me have always been hard working and very technology focused added to that, company focused and sincere to their jobs. The social culture in …

Memoirs of a Geisha - Synopsis and Review

In this piece of literature, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. The protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an …

The Ashikaga (Muromachi) Shogunate vs. the Minamoto (Kamakura) Shogunate

Introduction             The theme of this paper is medieval Japan, straddling the three and a half centuries between the concluding decades of the twelfth century when the Kamakura bakufu was established and the mid-sixteenth century during which civil wars fumed following the effectual failure of the Muromachi bakafu. The chronological …

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