So after choosing the Japanese Sake brief and proposal I began my research into japan by mind-mapping aspects of Japanese culture including their language, architecture and cuisine.
I decided that each of these points would be posts in my blog, which will increase my knowledge of Japanese culture as well as help me when designing and sketching work as well as looking at what styles and applications that they use in their graphic design throughout Japan and try to use this to influence my work.
State of Japan
Japan (Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 Nihon-koku, literally the “State of Japan”) is an island nation in East Asia stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan’s name mean “sun-origin”, which is why the country is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Japan is a group of 6,852 islands, the four largest being Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Together, these four islands hold about 97 percent of the country’s land area. Japan has the world’s tenth-largest population, with more than 126 million people. It is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with more than 30 million residents.
Japan has the world’s third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the world’s fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It is also the world’s fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Although Japan has officially renounced its right to declare war, it maintains a modern military with the fifth largest military budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. According to Japan’s health ministry, Japanese women have the second highest life expectancy of any country in the world. According to the United Nations, Japan also has the third lowest infant mortality rate.