Japan’s history is one of furious independence, in feudal times from its big brother China and then later from the West.

Japan’s great strength is that it selectively and successfully borrowed from abroad, nurturing and protecting its cultural identity, from religion, language, ideology, democracy architecture, art and so on.

Today Japan’s modern way of life is a direct reflection of its traditional cultural values. It is one of the very few societies that modernised by looking internally at its own structures and not simply supplanting a Western model on its traditional society.