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Japanese Culture Quotes


"I've always been fascinated by Japanese culture." - Sarah Michelle Gellar

"I think that the Japanese - and I do love Japanese cuisine and adore Japanese food culture - I think that they're going to plow through the entire world's fishing. They're going to eat everything anyways." - David Chang

"I suppose I do the Japanese because I just don't know China. Chinese popular culture has never evoked that instant of, "Whoah! What's that?" that I have with Japanese popular culture." - William Gibson

"I assure you that interest in Japanese culture in Russia is just as strong as interest in Russian culture in Japan." - Vladimir Putin

"If you go to Tokyo, I think it becomes very obvious that there's this almost seamless mixture of popular culture and Japanese traditional culture." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"I travel a lot. Japanese culture is very ancient and very strong. That's why most people who commission work from Japanese architects expect them to create works that have an element of exoticism, the kind typical of Japanese culture. I don't do that." - Shigeru Ban

"It is simply that we treat Japanese history, the history of the Japanese people and its unique culture with greater respect and interest. This generates enormous interest in Russia!" - Vladimir Putin

"When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan." - Tadao Ando

"American music culture is black culture." - Yelawolf

"I guess anime helped me understand the Japanese culture a little better and makes me want to honor certain language nuances that don't always translate to English." - Laura Bailey

"I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play." - Philip Warren Anderson

"Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture." - Tadao Ando

"I admire the abstract expressionists and pop artists so right now I'm referencing American '60s art and at the same time referencing Japanese manga culture." - Christian Marclay

"I took Japanese in high school. I'm Chinese, though, and I just fell in love with the language and the culture." - Matthew Moy

"Japan is not a Western democracy. The Japanese have kept their traditions, culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations." - Natan Sharansky

"Japan is very cosmopolitan - it values its origins, but a world view hovers above this narrow perspective. The interest of the Japanese in their folk culture is transcendental." - F Sionil Jose

"I don't speak Japanese, I don't know anything about Japanese business or Japanese culture. Apart from sushi. But I can't exactly go up to him and say "Sushi!" out of the blue. It would be like going up to a top American businessman and saying, "T-bone steak!" - Sophie Kinsella

"Playing Japanese characters and being in environments that are Japanese, like a character's apartment or whatever, if you have directors or art directors who just don't know what' s what with Japanese culture, then pretty soon something's just passed through. I've been through many times where I've pointed out the incorrectness of so much of what's been done to a set." - Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

"As well as Japanese animation, technology has a huge influence on Japanese society, and also Japanese novels. It's because before, people tended to think that ideology or religion were the things that actually changed people, but it's been proven that that's not the case. Technology has been proven to be the thing that's actually changing people. So in that sense, it's become a theme in Japanese culture." - Mamoru Oshii

"Landscape shapes culture" - Terry Tempest Williams

"Meditation is culture." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Culture drives great results." - Jack Welch

"Cajun culture is dying." - Michael K Williams

"A very enjoyable meditation on the curious thing called 'Zen' -not the Japanese religious tradition but rather the Western clich of Zen that is embraced in advertising, self-help books, and much more. . . . Yamada, who is both a scholar of Buddhism and a student of archery, offers refreshing insight into Western stereotypes of Japan and Japanese culture, and how these are received in Japan." - Alexander Gardner

"I cannot imagine what an influence a five-week trip to the Orient had on me. I mean, the culture, the absorption of the Japanese way of life, the Japanese way of thinking, the discipline. The entire thing was an extraordinary experience. So these were more than memorable things to me." - Polly Allen Mellen

"Popular culture is seductive; high culture is imperious." - Mason Cooley

"The people who control culture in China have no culture." - Ai Weiwei

"All culture corrupts, but French culture corrupts absolutely." - Lawrence Durrell

"Culture is not race and race is not culture." - Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

"There is no Polish culture without Jewish culture." - Donald Tusk

"I'm sure one of the frustrations of being a Western enthusiast of Japanese food and culture is you're confronted every day with the absolute certainty that you will die ignorant." - Anthony Bourdain

"I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha." - Arthur Golden

"Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama." - John Roberts

"With suicide, it's a strange thing in Japanese culture. It's acceptable. My parents would have been devastated if my attempt had been successful, but they would have somehow accepted it." - Ken Ono

"What makes America great is in our imagination, not in memorization. We are not a memorization-fixated culture. We can't compete with the Chinese and Japanese in memorization. Where we have been competitive is in creativity." - Paul Orfalea

"I believe it is no secret that I like Japan very much - Japanese culture, sport, including judo, but it will not offend anyone if I say that I like Russia even more." - Vladimir Putin

"I think that the Japanese culture is one of the very few cultures left that is its own entity. They're just so traditional and so specific in their ways. It's kind of untouched, it's not Americanized." - Toni Collette

"It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture. It is a different civilisation where all you have learnt must be forgotten. It is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience." - Alain Ducasse

"I've been studying the cultures of Asia for many years, and I'm very attracted to the culture of Japan, in particular to the impact Zen has had on the Japanese mind and spirit." - John Mclaughlin

"Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama." - J M Roberts

"Your culture is your brand." - Tony Hsieh

"Culture is your operating system." - Terence Mckenna

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast," - Peter Drucker

"Culture eats Christianity for breakfast." - Peter Drucker

"Culture changes with economic development." - Ha-Joon Chang

"Culture clash is terrific drama." - Ken Follett

"Culture makes all men gentle." - Menander

"Keanu Reeves learned a lot, respecting the culture. I was surprised when I first met him. He knew a lot already and he learned a lot. And also he learned Japanese. It's incredible. On the set, switching between the Japanese and English, even for us, is very hard. It's complicated. But the first time Keanu spoke in Japanese it was a very important scene between us, and more than the dialogue's meaning, I was moved. His energy for the film, completely perfect Japanese pronunciation. It was moving, surprising, respecting." - Hiroyuki Sanada

"The social problem is that we haven't come up with any alternative models. Our culture hasn't developed an ars erotica. Think, for example, of conditions in India or in Japanese culture and of how the erotic has been cultivated there. They're not as clinical and rabbit-like as we are." - Volkmar Sigusch

"47 Ronin is a very special movie for me. Not only a Samurai thing. Not only a Hollywood fantasy. It has a very special mixture between Japanese traditional culture and Western culture for the costume, set, story. Everything. I believe it will be a very special film that no one has ever seen." - Hiroyuki Sanada

"My life was very Japanese." - Bryan Clay

"I'm fascinated by Japanese cuisine." - Eric Ripert

"...culture is useless unless it is constantly challenged by counter culture. People create culture; culture creates people. It is a two-way street. When people hide behind a culture, you know that's a dead culture." - Muhammad Yunus

"The things that inform student culture are created and controlled by the unseen culture, the sociological aspects of our climbing culture, our 'me' generation, our yuppie culture, our SUVs, or, you know, shopping culture, our war culture." - Gus Van Sant

"A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid." - Lawrence Lessig

"The end of culture is right living" - W Somerset Maugham

"Culture opens the sense of beauty." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I foresee death by culture shock." - Woody Allen

"I don't make culture. I sell it." - Dick Clark

"Whites have traded their culture for power." - Eileen O'Brien

"Culture is not a biologically transmitted complex" - Ruth Benedict

"We're the culture that cried wolf." - Chuck Palahniuk

"I understand culture. I am the nucleus." - Kanye West

"Art is the questioning of culture" - Gerard Mortier

"Strategy and culture should have breakfast together." - Max Mckeown

"Bacteria: The only culture some people have." - Hesiod

"I'm forever a part of pop culture." - Godfrey

"Modern culture is a tremendous force." - John Gresham Machen

"Plagiarism is basic to all culture" - Pete Seeger

"Change is no threat to culture." - Wade Davis

"Everybody blames the culture without taking responsibility." - James Levine

"A mind cannot be independent of culture." - Lev Vygotsky

"Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt." - Richard P Feynman

"All human activity takes place within a culture and interacts with culture." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Multi-culture is the real culture of the world - the pure race doesn't exist." - Keanu Reeves

"The only way to drive out bad culture is with good culture" - Nancy Pearcey

"Multi-culture is the real culture of the world - the pure race does' exist." - Keanu Reeves

"The content or time-clothing of any medium or culture is the preceding medium or culture." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Acceptance of race mixture was more developed in Arab culture than in Jewish culture." - Ali Mazrui

"When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant." - Confucius

"When a culture of ladies arises, a culture of gentlemen will follow." - Jason Evert

"The rift between culture and pop-culture has never been greater." - Dov Davidoff

"[Cultural departments] don't care about culture. Maybe they're the furthest from the people who understand culture." - Ai Weiwei

"When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature, we have the pedant." - Confucius

"It's obvious that the rest of the world loves high African culture - African culture, period." - Hugh Masekela

"The frontier between public and private shifts from time to time and culture to culture." - Terry Eagleton

"Manga uses Japanese traditional structures in how to teach the student and to transmit a very direct message. You learn from the teacher by watching from behind his back. The whole teacher-master thing is part of Asian culture, I think." - Takashi Murakami

"I married my Japanese wife Mayumi who I'm so happy with, she's been so supportive. I live part time in Japan at her house, so I've been always very influenced by Japan. Since I guess the 70's or so. I've come to appreciate so much of their culture." - Terry Bozzio

"The Japanese don't write in alphabetic writing; they write in pictographs. So they never became visual, they stayed in the oral world, which is, everything is part of reality. Which means that they can accept any new technology&8202; - &8202;it's not threatening to them, and they can still continue to maintain their traditional culture, even in the face of high technology." - Owsley Stanley

"The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short." - Homaro Cantu

"Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the 'old Japan' and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture." - Apolo Ohno

"The destination of the soul: this is what I, led on by Nils Holgersson, came to seek in the literature of Western Europe. I fervently hope that my pursuit, as a Japanese, of literature and culture will, in some small measure, repay Western Europe for the light it has shed upon the human condition." - Kenzaburo Oe

"I feel like I was hit by all of geek culture at once while I was growing up in the '70s and '80s. Saturday morning cartoons like 'Star Blazers' and 'Robotech.' Live action Japanese shows like 'Ultraman' and 'The Space Giants.'" - Ernest Cline

"Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. In Kyoto, there's an inn called the Tawaraya which is quite extraordinary. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It's the travel experience that has moved me the most." - Roman Coppola

"I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha. He and I never discussed his parentage, which was an open secret, but it fascinated me." - Arthur Golden

"Culture and tradition have to change little by little. So 'new' means a little twist, a marriage of Japanese technique with French ingredients. My technique. Indian food, Korean food; I put Italian mozzarella cheese with sashimi. I don't think 'new new new.' I'm not a genius. A little twist." - Masaharu Morimoto

"Australia and New Zealand are now threatened by the might of the Imperial Japanese forces, and both of them should know that any resistance is futile." - Hideki Tojo

"We must not again underestimate the Japanese." - Chester W Nimitz

"How could they possibly be Japanese planes?" - Husband E. Kimmel

"I've always been inspired by Japanese style." - Rihanna

"The Japanese are hard to figure out." - Jerry Garcia

"Japanese is a very difficult language." - David Anders

"Japanese food makes me feel particularly good." - David Mitchell

"The Japanese fans always send weird things." - Tom Felton

"I believe only in French culture and consider everything in Europe that calls itself 'culture' a misunderstanding, not to speak of German culture." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The introduction of LSD and psychedelics into the culture produced a transformation of the entire culture, the consciousness of the culture." - Ralph Metzner

"Indian culture is essentially much more of a we culture. It's a communal culture where you do what's best for the community - you procreate." - Aasif Mandvi

"Buddhism... is not a culture but a critique of culture, an enduring nonviolent revolution or loyal opposition to the culture in which it is involved." - Alan Watts

"Buddhism ... is not a culture but a critique of culture, an enduring nonviolent revolution or "loyal opposition" to the culture in which it is involved." - Alan Watts

"Explain to me what Italian-American culture is. We've been here 100 years. Isn't Italian-American culture American culture? That's because we're so diverse, in terms of intermarriage." - Al Pacino

"When I go on Japanese Airlines, I really love it because I like Japanese food." - Phil Collins

"Culture is one thing and varnish is another." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Without "ethical culture", there is no salvation for humanity." - Albert Einstein

"No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." - Billy Joel

"A culture disconnected from wild nature becomes insane." - Toby Hemenway

"The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture." - L Ron Hubbard

"You're painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture." - Richard Yates

"Women serve as guardians of culture, upholders of society." - Patricia Ann Meyer Spacks

"In our culture, security has become an obsession." - Benjamin Carson

"Our customs, behaviors, and values are byproducts of our culture." - Jacque Fresco

"a culture is no better than its woods" - W H Auden

"The organizing principal for any culture is War." - George Orwell

"Race is a lazy mind's tool for identifying culture." - Eric Parslow

"The higher the culture the more honorable the work." - Anonymous

"Is virtue raised by culture, or self-sown?" - Horace

"Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle." - Malcolm X

"We share a culture focused on our clients." - Maurice Levy

"A people's speech is the skin of its culture." - Max Lerner

"I intend to end the something for nothing culture" - David Cameron

"As far as Germany extends it ruins culture." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Culture is what people invent when they have lost nature." - Diane Ackerman

"It is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace." - Pope Francis

"He who loses the arts loses the culture." - Francis Schaeffer

"I dont see things with gender, race and culture" - Rad Hourani

"Except for talk radio, liberals pretty much control the culture." - Bernard Goldberg

"I think our culture promotes fear and shame." - Tracee Ellis Ross

"Battle rap is a culture. That's boxing, it's like boxing." - Ab-Soul

"Our political system cannot stop the degradation of our culture." - Rush Limbaugh

"Look at the Native American culture. They revere the elders." - Thomas Haden Church

"Culture is roughly anything we do and the monkeys don't." - Lord Raglan

"If the culture doesn't work, don't buy it." - Mitch Albom

"Every conflict is emblematic of the throwaway culture." - Pope Francis

"Culture changes, fashions change, customs change. Great music is immortal." - Michael Jackson

"Poetry resonates differently in each culture; it doesn't in America." - Campbell McGrath

"American culture at large has failed working mothers." - Emily Matchar

"Democracy means the belief that humanistic culture should prevail." - John Dewey

"No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have." - Steven Wright

"In a culture of domination, preoccupation with victimage is inevitable." - Bell Hooks



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