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Old 07-01-2015, 06:53 PM
 
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China and Japan are obviously quite different in many ways, but they do share many similarities too. Some things I can come up with:

*Pagodas
*The look of the people (different, but definitely some overlap)
*Love of cherry and plum blossoms and rock gardens with moats
*Buddhist influence
*Some similar cuisine such as rice and soy sauce
*The kanji characters
*Use of chopsticks
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Old 07-01-2015, 06:58 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Mini-apple-less View Post
China and Japan are obviously quite different in many ways, but they do share many similarities too. Some things I can come up with:

*Pagodas
*The look of the people (different, but definitely some overlap)
*Love of cherry and plum blossoms and rock gardens with moats
*Buddhist influence
*Some similar cuisine such as rice and soy sauce
*The kanji characters
*Use of chopsticks
Kanji characters is a misnomer, they are called Chinese characters in English, because they are from China. Kanji is 漢字 which means Chinese characters in Chinese and Japanese.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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The spoken language is also immensely different. Japanese is more or less atonal and Chinese is entirely dependent on tones. There is some overlap in the written language, but not as much spoken.

Face, I.e. honor and shame, are huge driving forces in both cultures, and it's all at once stifling and maddening, but also part of why both cultures have managed massive success in short periods of time.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Similarities shared by the two of them are more or less shared by the entire East Asia: rote education, obedience, rice culture, chopsticks culture, religions, filial piety, patriarchal society etc.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:54 PM
 
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Kanji characters is a misnomer, they are called Chinese characters in English, because they are from China. Kanji is 漢字 which means Chinese characters in Chinese and Japanese.
Which do you use, color or colour?

Languages never stop changing as far as they are alive.
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