Do Chinese and Japanese people have very different Cultures?
or are the cultures very similar?
not really, Chinese and Japanese has a slightly different cultures. Even on language, 1/3 of japanese character is chinese.
Chinese are quite hyper while the Japanese are very reserved....the chinese most times over active and quick to making decisions while the japanese are more composed and slow in decision making.........i mean no disrespect to either people....they have both proven to be great perople in my country
Really, really different cultures!
There are a lot of similarities - like language characters like chan mentioned, even though those characters often have different meanings - but they definitely have very distinct characteristics.
Think about England and France... some similar language backgrounds, some ethnic intermingling over the centuries, many similar cultural influences, but definitely two distinct cultures.
In the case of Japan and China, the difference is even greater, since they culturally diverged a lot longer ago than England/France (i.e. Norman invasion 1066).
Japan - Shinto
China - Confucionism/Daoism
Japan - rice and fish
China - Much more diverse, depending a lot more on region
Japan - very modern with clean, high density housing. Used technological innovation to rise to one of the top economies of the 80's-90's. Currently in a state of stagnant modernity.
China - A huuuuge disparity between the large rural areas where running water can still be a luxury, the large urban cities, and the fast-blooming industrial 'factory cities.' Cheap manufacturing, roughshod modernization efforts in some locations, and a big trade surplus mark the country's current condition.
Well I live in China and have been to Japan. But I do agree with what Glenn has to say.
I must admit there are many differences in certain aspects.
The celebrations that are held annually are very similar.
The way they celebrate is a bit different though, China is very "real", when it's party time they go over the top (like being in a college movie), until there's no man standing. Whilst the Japanese are very reserved, as soon as they leave a bar, at least most of the time they can still walk out.
Both Share the same staple food, Rice to a large degree. Parts of China, have actually replaced the rice with noodles, but that's western China, close to the Himalayas where, mainly Muslims live.
The cities are totally different, Japan very clean, very calm, nobody uses their horns when they get mad, they drive on the left side of the road, like in England.
China the complete opposite!
But Both very interesting places to visit!!!!
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