Early Japanese literature works were influenced through cultural contact with China, Chinese literature, and oral traditions adopted and recorded in Chinese written form in early 8th century, in what was the Nara period.From the Nara Period, Japanese literature evolved to Heian, Kamakura and Muromachi, Edo, Meiji (1868-1912) periods, when written and spoken language unification was called for.Noh Mai dance style is performed with background music with lutes and drums, with at times vocals in between.
Besides contemporary sports like soccer and baseball, traditional sports like sumo are also popular.
Sumo dates back to a history spanning over 1,500 years in Japan.
The JR Pass is a special pass available only to those entering Japan on a tourist visa.
It allows for unlimited travel around Japan on JR lines usually at a price much less than purchasing individual tickets.
But after Japan isolated itself from the world from the 17th to late 19th century, a unique art style began to form.
This style had paintings leaning towards the abstract and naturalistic.
Another traditional sport is Kendo, a fencing style sport where competitors use bamboo swords while wearing protective gears.
Judo and Karate are self defense sports heavily steeped in martial arts, and whose competitors wear varying belts based on their abilities.
In this period, literary forms began to widen as Japan opened up to the rest of the world.
When World War II happened, foundations of modern literature were laid and writers expressed in their works the frustrations of Japan’s defeat in the war.
People wear kimonos and dance with gestures and steps to the music.