The Chinese and Japanese and Korean have a lot in common. We all use Chinese characters. I used to think that China exported Chinese characters to Japan and Korea and China is superior to those two countries in that sense. Now I think those three countries share Chinese characters.
Many Chinese traditions which are lost in China have been preserved in Japan and Korea. Mainland China uses simplified Chinese which looks casual and ugly, but in Japan and Korea, they still use traditional Chinese characters and many old and traditional Chinese words. China has been called "a country of politeness and formality" (That's my translation. The original is "li yi zhi bang" in Chinese). But nowadays Japanese people are thought by many to be the most polite people in the world. Kimono is from China's Tang Dynasty and so are many old temples in Kyoto.
A lot of Chinese people like to talk about patriotism and sometimes they express their love for their country in irrational ways. For me, learning Japanese and reading some Chinese classics that are hundreds of years old are patriotism.
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I met a Japanese lady and learned some Japanese from her today. And I think I'm going to start learning Japanese seriously. The Chinese and Japanese and Korean have a lot in common. We all use Chinese characters. I used to think that China exported Chinese characters to Japan and Korea and China