Is China culturally closer to Japan or India?
Amol Kumar Ashish, studied at IES College of Technology
Answered Jul 31, 2017
If you want to know the present you have to go to the past
Lin Zexu, I'm from China
These three countries are culturally different with one another. If I have to choose one, China is culturally closer to Japan. Similar architecture style, the Chinese vocabulary and characters in Japanese language, chopsticks to eat, Confucianism, Mahayana Buddhism, etc
Gwydion Madawc Williams, Read a lot about this
Japan borrowed a lot of culture from China in Tang dynasty times, including the script. Surprisingly, the sophistocated civilisation of Japan seems to have had no script before that.
They may also have shared elements of the paleolithic culture of East Asians. Hard to know. The languages are utterly different.
China is not close to India. Buddhism was the main inflence, but via Central Asia and South-East Asia.
Goran Mekota, lived in India
Japan, at least the dominant culture (there are many ethnic groups within it’s borders).
Pascal Barre, Producer, Screenwriter at Undine Productions (2011-present)
Updated Mar 12, 2017
China was the middle kingdom for more than 3 thousand years. As such its culture has spread to most of Asia. They were many waves of immigration outside China, mainly during the Han dynasty. It's when many Chinese migrate to Japan. At the time, the main ethnicity present on the island where the Jommon or Ainu (the first original Samurai). As such most of the Japanese population today can be traced back to China… Also with them Buddhism spread to Japan.
But India too did sink a bit within China, since the origin of Buddhism is in India… Something not many Chinese like to remember…
As such, it's Japan that has the closest culture to China. Arts have spread and intermingle early in their history.
The concept of Chinese dragon migrated to Japan early in their history…
While in India, dragon iconography was inherited from the west (thanks to British colonization).