I’ll explain why it’s sooo risky that people simplify to think all Asia is just copy from China or so
Actually too many things have to discuss so it’s difficult to figure out but roughly to say culture of China, Korea and Japan is similar to be like as different as Slavic culture (Russian, ) and west europ,
Similar but surely very different could be said.
Also could be say as different culture as Arabs, Jew and Christians
Arab ,percian and German
Similar but surely "very" different.
Do you know why is it?
Because base of the race of each are different.
And each race has different thinking as like Arab ,percian and europian
First of all ""Chinese culture"" is very very tricky.
Because it’s mass of the complitely different racial people into one big package.
And each dynasty of China is very different for East Asian and it’s bacame big gap. I’ll explain this.
Firstly ancient Chinese culture itself is effected by ancient Indian and ancient Persian culture.
For example ancient China has a lot of elite percisn lawyer or Scholar and business man.
This relationship of ancient percia and Chinese must be more resurched by people.
Not to mention buddisim from the indie and first martial arts of China is shaolin kan fu but it’s from Indian monk who was in shalin temple.
Also Guangdong culture is big part of Chinese but it’s effected culture from south east Asia and so on as the southern Chinese.
Anyway about Japanese
How long Japan had cultural exchange or relationships with China and Korea?
With korea until 799.
With tang China until 907.
After that japan stoped culture relationships with them until nearly modern age.
except some of three times of war between japan and China(abd korean was got fucked up by it though)
This means japan was not related with them since 907
Summary of history of mid era of east Asia here >>25832
Very essential Base of Japanese cultur
is actually island Asian Jomon culture.
This Jomon culture is very big more than people imagine.
Noth Hokkaido asisn Ainu ,main land Jomon and even Hawaiian culture has all connected and similarity too.
For example, Hawaiian has culture of MANA religion.
This concept is very similar to Japanese Shinto KAMI. Also we call KAMI as TAMA too.
And KAMI or TAMA is highest position of and concept of Japanese religion.
Those culture of island Asian add culture of TANG dynasty of China add evolution since stop communicating with China at 907 .
This is basically Japanese culture..
And go back why culture of japan and China/korra is different
Because the Tang China which what Japanese was related was destroyed by Mongolian manchurisn race later and Chinese culture of now is based on Mongolian culture who is useing Chinese character and classic thinkng.
(Chinese character in east was like latein alphabet of West. So east asisn is useing it as like westerner is useing Latin alphabet)
And those Mongolian manchurisn and Tang China is totally different race more than people imagine.
You can imagine for example (just example) American conquered and masscered all the Japanese abd stay in japan and speak Japanese and wear kimono and practice kendo,
Is it’s fucking Japanese??
The same things was happned. Monglian race conquered and massacred super hard on chinese dynasty and they practiced Classical Chinese academics based on the Mongolian culture.
So from the stand point of japan, its already a lot different. I’m not sure you can imagine it or not.