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We Japanese And The Past

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Deceased parents and brothers or sisters are kept remembered, but the existence of ancestors is recognized only through tombstones or Buddhist memorial tablets. The trend towards the nuclear family is seen both in Japan and the UK, but the Japanese sense of the past in their life is so different from that of the English. The difference concerns the depth of thought in their daily life. Japan is on its way to becoming a welfare state like the UK, but how to take in the sense of the past into daily life seems to be a problem as far as one's state of mind is concerned. Japanese are surrounded by many different aspects of an ancient invisible heritage in their everyday lives. The older they grew, the more they would like to make contact with traditions in one way or another.

Keywords: invisible heritage; Japan; UK



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