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Quiz about Japanese Culture
Quiz about Japanese Culture

Japanese Culture Trivia Quiz


With a long, ancient history, it is no wonder Japan is filled with so much culture. This quiz deals with ten aspects of that rich, Japanese culture.

A photo quiz by Joepetz. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Joepetz
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
374,862
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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681
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Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: bucki82 (7/10), Guest 96 (5/10), Guest 171 (5/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. There are four traditional types of theater in Japan: bunraku, noh, kyogen and kabuki. Which one of the theater forms involves puppets as its main feature? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Ikebana is a popular Japanese art of arranging which items? It may help to know that Ikebana is derived from "ikeru" which means "keep alive" in Japanese. Hint


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Question 3 of 10
3. Dogu are famous Japanese sculptures that bear resemblance to humans and animals that were made during which period of Japanese history when people living in Japan were still primitive hunters and gatherers? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Kimonos are only worn by women. Men will never wear a kimono.


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Question 5 of 10
5. The famous woodprint "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" is the first of in a series carved by Hokusai called "Thirty-Six Views" of what? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which of the following Japanese sports is NOT a form of martial arts? Hint


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Question 7 of 10
7. What is the name of the traditional Japanese lute pictured to the left? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which style of Japanese writing, pictured to the side, is characterized by straight lines and corners and is generally used when writing non-Japanese words? Hint


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Question 9 of 10
9. Which of the following best describes the Japanese style of garden called "karesansui?" Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which form of Japanese pop culture could be considered the Japanese equivalent to comic books? Hint


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1. There are four traditional types of theater in Japan: bunraku, noh, kyogen and kabuki. Which one of the theater forms involves puppets as its main feature?

Answer: Bunraku

Musicians and chanters take part in traditional bunraku in addition to the puppeteers. Bunraku was founded in Osaka in the late 17th century , although it was not called bunraku until the 19th century after the man who popularized it.

Noh, the oldest form of Japanese theater, is a musical/drama that generally focuses on a hero character and the supernatural. Kyogen is comedy theater, similar to slapstick comedy. Kabuki is a dance theater well known for its elaborate costumes and heavy makeup of its performers.
2. Ikebana is a popular Japanese art of arranging which items? It may help to know that Ikebana is derived from "ikeru" which means "keep alive" in Japanese.

Answer: Flowers

Ikebana has been around since the 6th century and its origins lie in Buddhism where worshippers would leave flower offerings at a temple for Buddha. There are many different styles one can arrange flowers in with the most popular being Rikka, which means "standing" and represents more of a nature look. Each style has its own rules that must be followed, but a freestyle approach is becoming increasingly more popular.
3. Dogu are famous Japanese sculptures that bear resemblance to humans and animals that were made during which period of Japanese history when people living in Japan were still primitive hunters and gatherers?

Answer: Jomon

The Jomon period began sometime around 14,000 BC and ended over a millennium later in 300 BC. The Dogu are believed to have been memorials or effigies of loved ones or pets that died. Other theories included fertility symbols, since most of the ones found appear to be female, and some kind of object similar to a voodoo doll.
4. Kimonos are only worn by women. Men will never wear a kimono.

Answer: False

Both men and women will wear kimonos, although women wear them more often. Nowadays, women will only wear kimonos on special occasions like weddings. Men will sometimes wear kimonos in their homes and sumo wrestler will wear them in public in keeping up with the tradition that sumo wrestlers wear only traditional Japanese clothing in public.
5. The famous woodprint "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" is the first of in a series carved by Hokusai called "Thirty-Six Views" of what?

Answer: Mount Fuji

In the print, one can see a tiny Mount Fuji about to be demolished by the wave. Other prints in the series show Mount Fuji during a rainstorm, close up, from a busy marketplace and covered in snow. Despite the name, there are actually forty-six prints as Hokusai made ten more after the originals.
6. Which of the following Japanese sports is NOT a form of martial arts?

Answer: Kyotei

Kyotei is a type of motorboat racing and is one of the few sports in which one can legally bet on in Japan. Judo, kendo and jujutsu are all popular forms of martial arts in Japan and internationally as well.
7. What is the name of the traditional Japanese lute pictured to the left?

Answer: Biwa

The biwa is traditionally used when accompanied by storytelling. There are several different types of biwa including Gagaku-biwa which is a heavy instrument and has four strings and the Chikuzen-biwa which can have either four strings or five and is one of the smaller varieties.

The taiko is a kind of drum. The Shakuhachi is a flutelike instrument made out of bamboo. The shamisen is something like a banjo but does not have a fret and its bottom part is more drum-like.
8. Which style of Japanese writing, pictured to the side, is characterized by straight lines and corners and is generally used when writing non-Japanese words?

Answer: Katakana

Katakana is traditionally used when wanting to put emphasis on something or when using foreign words in the Japanese language (such as for scientific purposes.) Katakana is considered the simplest of all forms of Japanese symbols. The katakana pictured is the one for sa.

Kanji is a writing system of symbols adopted from Chinese and is used quite frequently around Japan. Hiragana is generally used in place of kanji when the kanji symbols are obscure or do not exist in everyday Japanese. Romaji is a translation of Japanese words that uses Roman letters instead of symbols.
9. Which of the following best describes the Japanese style of garden called "karesansui?"

Answer: Peaceful gardens perfect for meditation

Karesansui gardens are better known as Zen gardens. They are filled with white sand and a few large rocks. These Zen gardens can be found in public parks, private residences and even businesses all over Japan.
10. Which form of Japanese pop culture could be considered the Japanese equivalent to comic books?

Answer: Manga

Manga are comics that typically deal with darker subjects such as horror, but can be about anything. Oftentimes, popular television shows and video games will have a companion manga series that differs greatly from the plot of the original media.
Source: Author Joepetz

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