Japan is located in far east Asia and has a
total land area of 145, 883 square miles (377, 835 sq km)
China is located in central and east Asia and
occupies the most land area in Asia. Japan is tiny compared as Chinaís land
area is 3,696,100 sq miles (9,572,900 sq km) which is one fourteenth of the
The climatic conditions in Japan vary widely due
to the countryís length. This causes short summers and severe long winters
in the north. However, in the south the summers are almost sub-tropical and
the winters mild. June to October is the cyclone/Typhoon season.
Due to Chinaís massive size it has 6 different
climates. In the west there is mostly temperate with desert and semi-arid
regions. In the far south east there is a small area of tropical climate.
In winter cold monsoon winds from Siberia bring low temps to the north and
droughts every where else. In the summer warm moist air from the Pacific
ocean bring storms. In† summer
temperatures are mainly the same but in winter there are extreme
differences in the north and south. The costal areas get on average of 8
cyclones a year during the months of July to November.
Japanís economy is based on manufacturing and
services. Its Gross National Product (GNP) per head is amongst the highest
in the world. Due to this economy unemployment isnít a problem.
Chinaís communist economy in-turn led to rising
inflation during the 1980ís and 90ís. The working class donít have as high
standard of living as in the west. Chinaís 12 top trading partners are
Japan, Hong Kong, USA, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Singapore, Russia, UK,
France, Holland and Australia. Its trade over-seas has grown faster than
its GNP so its people are poorer.
MOST CULTURES AND TRADITIONS FIRST ORIGINATED IN
CHINA AND GOT PASSED ONTO JAPAN. THEREFORE THEY ARE VERY SIMILAR.
TRADITIONS~ One of the many traditions was the
Tea Ceremony and was first originated in China. It was 1st
practised in Japan in the 12th century by Zen monks who had to
keep awake during long meditation. It then moved to an active ritual and in
the 15th century it became a gathering of people where they
could discuss culture or any thing else on their minds and contemplate.
ARTS- Calligraphy has been in China† and Japan for a long time. We donít know
when calligraphy and words from China were first used in Japan.In the 7th
century scholars went from China to Japan and vice versa and the Chinese
arts e.g calligraphy were slowly introduced into Japan.
In about 4th century B.C Buddhism spread to China and
through Buddhist monks and scholars†
passed it on to Japan. Japan and China's traditions and culture was
first influenced by Buddhism.They both donít have an official religion but
it is a mixture of many religions including Zen Buddhism and Taoism.
MARTIAL ARTS- Both armed and unarmed combat in
this style originated in China. The origin of martial arts was the
spiritual and mental influence of Taoism and Buddhism. It is considered
more than just combat but as an art. Japan traditionally emphasised archery,
swords man ship and unarmed combat.They used ninjutsu which† was very versatile and covered many
different forms of combat.
Japans landscape in very mountainous as they
contain 43% of Japan another 25% is for plateaux basins cover approximately
19% and only 12% can be classes as flat land which is terrible compared to
China as it does have more flat land than it does hilly .