A Closer Look
All cultures are a mix of the indigenous and the assimilated, but Japan excels in its unfailing ability to preserve the ancient while incorporating the modern. This powerful skill has enabled Japan to adopt foreign influences to its advantage, while still preserving its Japanese character. Shinto and Buddhist reverence for simplicity and harmony lend an understated beauty to traditional art and architecture. Yet simultaneously, Japan’s metropolises are a buzzing, non-stop, neon-lit carnival of high rises, pachinko parlors and crushing humanity. Wildly energetic and imaginative, it’s no wonder that Japan’s pop culture and bleeding-edge technology is world-renowned.