The Japanese culture’s relationship with nature 

During my sojourns in Japan i realised that the Japanese culture's relationship with nature is that of harmony with nature. The Japanese people respect nature and don't attempt to manage or control nature but instead, they feel a spiritual bond with nature and this is evident through various practices. For example, Japanese gardening, such as rock gardens, express their belief in living harmoniously with nature. Such appreciative origins date back to the beliefs of ancient Shinto, a widely practiced religion in Japan. Their appreciation for the simplicity of nature is apparent in the structure and design of rock gardens.

The Japanese believe they are inherently good, with an immutable predisposition, meaning men are good and that is unalterable. This belief among Japanese society is reflected in Buddhism, an also widely practiced religion in Japan. Buddhism believes that humans are born good because they are a creation of nature, which is good. Man is part of nature, and God created nature, so man must be good. 

When i saw men, monkeys and deers living so closely i was surprised. That was something that I wouldn't have believed if I hadn't seen it...especially in an industrialized nation like Japan.

There are so many places where one can take photographs of these Nara (deers) or the Jikokudani park (monkeys) for example.  


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  • #1

    Michelle (domenica, 01 marzo 2015 11:49)

    Loved seeing these monkeys in a natural environment. They were fascinating to watch bathing in the water while the snow was falling. Although there is a bit of a walk, it is definitely worth it. Michelle

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    Angel69 (venerdì, 27 marzo 2015 11:40)

    Visiting the monkey park is high on my list of priorities!!!!!!