6 Major Cultural Differences Between Japanese, Korean and Chinese People

For all the people who think little eyes and small height means China, here is an article which will make you rethink. Before you assume “Japanese,” “Korean,” or “Chinese,” take a step back and remember that each person comes from a unique country that is their own. Today, I would like to mention key cultural differences between the three and clear all your doubts. Let’s begin.

Cultural differences between the population of Japan, China and korea.

  1. Language: Of course, Japan speaks Japanese, China speaks Chinese and Korea speaks Korean. Japanese language is based on Japanese alphabets (Hiragana and Katakana). Korean uses Hangul. China uses the Chinese Alphabets. The Japanese language consists of only 5 vowel sounds and about 100 different syllables with very few variations. “A I U E O” becomes totally clear even to the untrained ear when listening to a Japanese person speak. Korean, on the other hand, can end words in consonants other than “n” and have a total of 10 different vowels and 19 consonants. Chinese uses Mandarin. In Mandarin language, mannerisms and personality come into play as well. They seem to raise and lower their intonation and tone increasingly, and combine consonants which differentiates it from the Japanese and Korean.
  2. Food: Kimchi, Korean food is mostly spicy, and they eat with spoon, fork, and metal chopsticks. They use metal chopsticks to avoid damage due to a Korean version of barbecue.  Japanese people love fish, they call it Sushi. They use thin chopsticks made of bamboo since it is easier to pick bones from fish while eating. Chinese food includes rice, soy sauce, noodles, tea, and tofu which are also loved by the Japanese, Korean and maybe all other countries in the world.
  3. Fashion: Japanese men and women typically prefer hues, often with dresses and skirts for women and tight pants for men. Koreans are known to choose brighter colors more often than the Japanese but still bring in a similar element of the Asian vibe that’s popular across the three countries. In China, fashion varies greatly in urban and rural settings, but overall they take a more Western approach to their clothing and accessories. You will also find them wearing Jeans and casual T-shirts.
  4. Religion: Christianity is the major religion in South Korea. Shinto is the Japan’s native religion and more than half of the population in Japan believe in Shintoism. China follows Taoism and Buddhism. Taoism includes philosophical and religious teaching. The philosophical Taoism that focuses on the Way and going with the flow of nature is what is generally known in the West. Shintoism focuses on folk spirits, but they are nature spirits instead of the bureaucratic gods and folk heroes of Chinese Taoism.
  5. Ideology: South Korea is an inclusive country, where capitalism and socialism blend and coexist. There is collective Capitalism in Japan. This unique ideology relies on cooperation, but ignores the fact that the means of production are private. The ideology of the Communist Party of China has undergone dramatic changes throughout the years, from Socialism to Marxism, Leninism and Maoism. China population, at large, are communists.
  6. Entertainment: Korean population loves K-pop and K-drama. Japanese loves anime. Japanese anime are a Japanese style of motion-picture animation which uses colorful images, strong characters, and stories that have a lot of action. Korean dramas, commonly referred to as K-dramas have many qualities that are unique from other shows. First of all, the characters are very fashionable. The clothes and accessories they wear are often straight from the runway. Chinese cartoons are called Donghua.

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