Japanese Tradition

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The Price of a First World Country Japan embraces a rich history that extends back thousands of years. Recently however, Japan’s culture has begun to slowly deteriorate due to western influences. Today, the Japanese may have a great economy and modern cities, but they had to give up part of their culture and tradition for their success. Tradition was once highly valued in Japanese culture. It was very important to maintain the traditional way of doing things from generation to generation. Japan did not want to integrate with the rest of the world; they felt that they were fine on their own. However, it was only a matter of time before they would have to join the rest of the world, if not willingly, then by force. On July 8, 1853 Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, of the United States Navy, and his fleet had landed in Uraga Harbor near Edo. Perry was met by the Shogun’s men, who advised him to proceed to Nagasaki, where there was limited trade with the Netherlands, and which was the only Japanese port open to foreigners at that time (Hammer). Perry refused to leave, and demanded permission to present a letter from the President of the United States, threatening force if he was further denied (Hammer). The United States would give the Emperor of Japan six months to accept an offer of friendship and establish diplomatic relations (Hammer). Isolationism was quickly coming to an end in Japan. On March 31, 1854 the “United States and the Empire of Japan, desiring to establish firm, lasting and sincere friendship between the two nations” signed a treaty of peace and amity (Hawks 375). This treaty set the United States and Japan on the course of a complex and ever changing relationship. “The two nations would evolve from trading partners to jealous rivals, from mutual admirers to implacable enemies. Fittingly, the place where the deal had been
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struck, Yokohama, would soon become one of the globe’s most dynamic collision points of East and West” (Hammer 10). Traditions were slowly deteriorating, and more modern practices were taking their place. The comingling of ideas of east and west were creating a whole new lifestyle for the people of Japan. By the early twentieth century, “Yokohama was an international city packed with adventurers, millionaires, fugitives, and drifters from every corner of the world, the port was completely free of tradition, rising on the doorsteps of Japan like a mirage in the desert” (Hammer 17). The novel
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2010 for the course ECON 90210 taught by Professor Reyes during the Spring '10 term at Quinnipiac.

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