Have you ever tired of listening to people without any brain drops to think that Japan and China are the same thing? In this article I will explain the stark differences between japan and china countries.
This is a very complex issue of addressing, 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 equal.
The same thing happens when talking about language, appearance, culture and cooking. This is totally wrong, it’s like comparing a man and a woman, both are human but they’re totally different.
Japan has had a lot of influence from China during its history, many things from Japan originated and influences from China, so it is reasonable to note some similarities, but currently the two countries are totally different from one of the others.
In this article we will 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 dig too deep into China.
Differences between life in Japan and China
Both countries have influence of Buddhism, but in Japan shinto is also predominant. 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 the discrimination of women and foreigners. Of course we can’t generalize.
Many Chinese live in a precarious and poor situation receiving a low wage, even though China is the world’s largest economic powerhouse and also with the world’s largest population.
China is a dictatorial and totalitarian communist state. In addition, there is a limitation and control of what people do or access the internet for example. In Japan you have all the freedom you don’t have in China.
Japan is a developed, democratic and capitalist country, there human rights are respected, 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 of them.
Differences between Japanese and Chinese languages
Although Japanese use ideograms of traditional Chinese, both are totally different languages from each other. Japanese is a syllabic language composed of just over 100 syllables and a simple 46 kana alphabet to write.
Chinese, on the other hand, is composed only of ideograms and is a tonal language, a word can change with a simple tone.
China is not the only Chinese-speaking country, several other countries in Asia speak this language as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. In China speaks several languages and dialects, such as Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese and etc.
Have you ever heard of the bland joke that Brazilians do with Asians about flango pastel? 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
Much of Japanese cuisine came from China. Things like sushi, ramen, gyoza, nikuman and several other dishes and snacks that we know by the Japanese name in Brazil, are actually of Chinese origin.
In Japan, insects or dogs are not eaten. This is part of China culture and other Asian countries. It is worth remembering that this is part of the traditions, culture and living conditions of the Chinese.
The fact that some city in China consumes dogs does not mean that this is a main dish of cooking. In Brazil we eat rabbits and other questionable anime, but it does not mean that these anime represent the cuisine of Brazil.
Japan also does not escape these delicacies, there is even horse meat sushi and some dishes of somewhat scary sea creatures. Still, they are rare delicacies that are not part of standard cuisine.
Both countries usually eat, rice, pasta, meat, pizza, sandwiches and several other common dishes such as 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 erronia idea that in Asia only eat raw fish will be disappointed. Eating sushi in Japan is the same as eating pizza in Brazil. Ask yourself, do you eat pizza every day?
Other differences between China and Japan
To finish I will mention some obvious differences but that need to be mentioned:
- China is located on the Asian continent, while Japan is a group of islands;
- Unlike what some think, Japan celebrates the Western New Year and not the Chinese New Year. But no fireworks;
- Chinese names typically have only one syllable. The Japanese usually have about three syllables and end up in vowel;
- Many other Asian countries have suffered china’s influence on its culture and development such as Korea;
- The Japanese have a longer face, more rounded and larger eyes than the Chinese;
- Japanese are more shy and have strict code of ethics, mainly professional, respect social labels;
If you want to know more about Japanese culture, here you will find everything you need about Japan. Xd