Comparing and contrasting two different cultures, fortifies the existence of one versus the other. It tends to shed light on the extremes and subtleties that exist within each of the cultures studied. Placing cultures in a compare and contrast study one may find similarities, influences, and opposites. Two such cultures that fit these variable molds are the Japanese culture and the western cultures, or the United States. One must keep in mind that culture itself is considered as the sum of collectively conveyed behaviors, traditions, beliefs, values, and the entirety of additional yields of human vocation and thought. America can be viewed as a melting pot of numerous diverse ethnicities and cultures intermingled whereas Japan is mostly made up of its original Japanese dissidents. This makes these two cultures very interesting to compare and contrast against one another.
Japanese culture is rooted deep in tradition and poses a non-conformed belief system that has lasted through to the present, from its ancient origins. The Japanese culture secures its' beliefs by harboring a strong family inheritance when passing on its' processes. This proclivity makes the passing of traditional beliefs through generations, second nature.
This also provides a sense of pride for the countries' citizens in the longstanding traditional belief system by placing national importance on something that has stood the test of time. For example, the Japanese culture in relation to interpersonal relationships provides this sample; the majority of Japanese individuals are inclined to evade open oppositions and altercations. Functioning with others calls for much self-discipline. This, however, bears the incentive of pride that adds to the assembly as a whole, emotional safekeeping, and common individuality.
[...] One may find in the United States, given the same scenario, a competition-filled group with individuals striving to have the best solution or looking to gain some sort of personal notoriety versus finding the same satisfaction within honors as a group. This example is only one of many comparative studies that exist between the two cultures. Another topic that finds its' way into a compare and contrast study are the values of a traditional and nontraditional culture. Japanese culture again, possesses strong qualities in their traditional values as do they in their belief system. [...]
[...] As society progresses, American values experience constant changes. All families do not experience the same values. However, in today's society, most family's experience the most common values (Taylor, 2012). Competition is also highly regarded in the Japanese culture. Their children value the parents opinions of them and do the very best they can at all competitions not to bring shame to the family name. This is dissimilar to Americans who teach the child to be a good sport and not be a sore loser. [...]
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[...] The belief in America is one of equality and competition as mention before. One mental attitude of acceptance in America needs to be more tolerant, especially while living in metropolitans' areas because of the diversity of the people who surround one another. The melting pot of different beliefs is enormous and heavily influenced by freedom of speech and opinion. Some individual's belief in science, astrology, Christianity, Buddhism, Scientology, Shinto, Voodoo, and others are atheist. The United States has a nontraditional based belief because is unethical for one to discriminate based on beliefs. [...]
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