Are you tired of hearing people with no brains thinking that Japan and China are the same? In this article, I will explain the stark differences between Japan and China.
This is a very complex issue to address, both are totally different countries from each other. And yet, in the middle of the 21st century, people have the courage to say that Japan and China are the same or the same.
The same thing happens when it comes to language, appearance, culture and cuisine. This is totally wrong, it's like comparing a man and a woman, they are both human but they are totally different.
Japan had a lot of influence from China during its history, many things from Japan originated and influences from China, so it is reasonable to notice some similarities, but currently the 2 countries are totally different from each other.
In this article, we are going to analyze some important points of each country so that people no longer make these confusions and stupid statements. Remembering that my specialty is Japan, so I'm sorry if I don't get too deep in China.
Differences between life in Japan and China
Both countries are influenced by Buddhism, but in Japan Shinto also predominates. In China, in addition to Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism predominate. Unfortunately, religious freedom in China is limited and some are prohibited from exercising their faith in that country.
Currently both countries are world powers, but China still has an extremist policy, almost based on the slavery of its inhabitants and discrimination against women and foreigners. Of course, we cannot generalize.
Many Chinese live in a precarious and poor situation receiving low wages, even though China is the largest economic power in the world and also has the largest population in the world.
China is a dictatorial and totalitarian communist state. In addition, there is a limitation and control of what people do or access on the internet for example. In Japan you have all the freedom you don't have in China.
O Japan is a developed country, democratic and capitalist, human rights are respected there, you have all religious, economic and social freedom. Japan has a constitutional monarchy where the emperor is above the government, but has limited power.
The quality of life in Japan is far superior to that of China, which also faces a lot of pollution due to large industry. Of course, both countries have their advantages and disadvantages, you may need to examine what you want with each country.
Differences between Japanese and Chinese
Although Japanese uses traditional Chinese ideograms, both are totally different languages. Japanese is a syllabic language composed of just over 100 syllables and one 46 simple kana alphabet to write.
Chinese is composed only of ideograms and is a tonal language, a word can change with a simple tone. To learn more read our other article about the differences between the Chinese and Japanese languages by clicking here.
China is not the only country that speaks Chinese, several other countries in Asia speak that language like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. In China he speaks several languages and dialects, such as Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, etc.
Have you ever heard of the boring joke that Brazilians make with Asians about flango pastry? This joke only works with Chinese, because in the Japanese language there is no phoneme "L", just as in Chinese there is no "R".
Differences between Japanese and Chinese cuisine
In Japan, insects and dogs are not eaten. This is part of the culture of China and other countries in Asia. It is worth remembering that this is part of the Chinese traditions, culture and living conditions.
The fact that some city in China consumes dogs does not mean that it is a main dish of cuisine. In Brazil we eat rabbits and other questionable animals, but that does not mean that these animals represent Brazilian cuisine.
Japan also does not escape these delicacies, there is even horse meat sushi and some dishes of sea creatures a little scary. Still, they are rare delicacies that are not part of the standard cuisine.
Both countries normally eat rice, pasta, meat, pizza, sandwiches and several other common dishes like in Brazil. Even though sushi and several other dishes are of Chinese origin, they end up being more popular in Japan.
Those who have the erroneous idea that in Asia they only eat raw fish will be disappointed. Eating sushi in Japan is like eating pizza in Brazil. Ask yourself, do you eat pizza every day?
Other differences between China and Japan
Finally, I will mention some obvious differences that need to be mentioned:
- China is located on the Asian continent, while Japan is an island group;
- Unlike what some people think, Japan celebrates the Western New Year and not the Chinese New Year. But without fireworks;
- The chinese names they usually have only one syllable. The Japanese usually have about three syllables and end in a vowel;
- Many other Asian countries have been influenced by China in their culture and development, such as Korea;
- The Japanese have a longer face, more rounded and larger eyes than the Chinese;
- Japanese people are more shy and have a strict code of ethics, mainly professional, respecting social etiquette;
If you want to know more about Japanese culture, here you will find everything you need about Japan. XD