Over the years, Western culture has had a tremendous influence on other cultures. Today, Western culture surpasses geographical boundaries and racial origins. During its growth and expansion, several cultures had marked influence on Western culture. Eastern Culture prompted the most notable impact on Western culture. This paper will examine the magnitude to which Japanese culture influenced Western design and art.
Several cultural, designs, religious, technological and artistic features of countries such as Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, and India have influenced the West largely. The interactions between the West and the East from ancient times have led to a great deal of information exchange between the two global regions (Kingston, 2010). Several Eastern culture aspects have been adopted in the West to various degrees. Transfer of culture has been aided by the improvement in communication and transportation channels over time. Although Western culture is the more dominant globally, Eastern culture has still held its own against the West and exerted significant influence. The Japanese culture has especially had a momentous influence on the development and molding of several attributes of Western culture.
Japan is a Northeastern Asian island country located in the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan. The country comprises of four islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and thousands of other small islands (CIA, 2015). Japan is a country with colorful culture, traditions, art, technology and religion. As early as the 15th century, Japan was in regular interaction with Westerners mainly through trade, religious missions and exploration. The main continents of Westerners that interacted with the Japanese were the Dutch, the Portuguese, the English and Spaniards (Kingston, 2010). Over many years of interaction, the Japanese passed on their culture onto the visitors they intermingled with. The Japanese also