Japan and Egypt:
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
When asked to compare and
many would find more differences than similarities. I don’t blame
I think of Japan I
think of sushi,
Buddhism, and geishas and when I think of Egypt I think of pharaohs,
and Muslims. To a person who has been to neither country, one would
these two countries would have nothing in common. They are on different
continents; they have different religions, and have different
Fortunately for me, I have had a chance to visit both these countries.
enough, I have found more similarities than differences.
Both countries have been affected by
globalization and are heavily influenced by the western world. Also
countries have a strong and well preserved history that has been
the outside world. To the naked eye Egypt
and Japan seem to
complete polar opposites, but if one takes a closer look, they will
find that Egypt and
are more parallel than they
reading articles, “Supply-Side Sushi: Commodity, Market and the Global City”
and “Relocation and Creation of a Global
City” and visiting Japan and Egypt, I found that both
are struggling with balancing their culture with globalization. When I
walking around in both cities, I felt that I was in a large westernized
but when I looked across the street, I would find an ancient sight,
pyramids or an ancient Buddhist temple. The cities of Egypt and Japan are developing and
closer to Globalization. The closer they are to globalization, the
are to losing their culture. I hope that both countries find a way to
their history and culture and also find a way to be one of the global
I have also
found that both Egypt
have kept their sense of culture even with the heavy influence of
globalization. When I was in Egypt,
I could hear the call of prayer echo through the streets of Cairo and see
veiled women walking down the
street. In Japan,
I saw women proudly wear the Geisha costumes and monks standing frozen
streets asking for money. Their pride for their past and culture has
made Japan and Egypt
unlike any other country.
has played a huge role as the cities of Egypt
develop. Both countries have global businesses stationed in their huge
However, I believe the major cities in Japan
are more globilized than the major cities of Egypt.
has a stronger Economy and is
more developed. There technology is more advanced and do not have
problems like Egypt.
You can find examples of globalization in the cities of Egypt; however they need to solve their
problems before they can be one of the global powers like Japan.
put an end of the housing problems in Cairo
work on the slums, Egypt
could catch up with Japan.
Their economy would increase, become more developed and modern.
Before going on this
voyage, I thought that Egypt
couldn’t be more different and that they have nothing in common.
taking this course I was able to find numerous similarities between the
when I visited each country. The people
who haven’t seen the cities of Japan
first hand wouldn’t be able to see the similarities between the two
For example, they wouldn’t notice that both countries are incredibly
their past and of their culture. They also wouldn’t have noticed how
country is heavily influenced by globalization. Luckily for me, I have
chance to see how both countries correlate.