Why is Harukotan Architecture so strikingly similar to real accient Japanese/Chinese?

This question always striked me everytime I visit the Harukotan planent, both from doing story quests or just expedition.

Not even the story quests seem to explain what makes the Harukotan Alien civilization to rip-off Chinese/Japanese culture and architecture asthetics.

And I watched that short backlore of the planet also, y'know that tale of the Nighters and Daybreakers and that tear river. Everything just gives off heavy Japanese vibes to it, why they are so similar?

For the same reason that Neudaiz had a similar aesthetic in Phantasy Star Universe: it was just a design choice by the creators.

@AndrlCh Seems like a poor excuse because they didnt have their own ideas, but whatever.

@Charus not really they just decided to stick with a style and that's it, because how Harukotan came to be is not important in the plot is not needed to explain and is also a pretty common thing in games

The fields and enemies of Harukotan being Japanese style was also clearly announced in the EP3 preview.

http://pso2.jp/ep3/

@Charus said in Why is Harukotan Architecture so strikingly similar to real accient Japanese/Chinese?:

@AndrlCh Seems like a poor excuse because they didnt have their own ideas, but whatever.

It's no lazier than any other game rehashing a design choice in a series.

Is it any more dubious than fantasy worlds that borrow heavily from ancient civilizations like various European civilizations during the middle ages or Norse mythology, even though they don't canonically exist?

I mean look at Dragon Quest XI, it has all kinds of locations based on real life, like India and Venice, Italy(and then there's Octogonia which seems to pull from all sorts of Latin and Romantic culture (the Roman holiday of Carnival+Lucha Libre for example) and also Los Vegas for some reason (it's not even the first location to have a casino as the casino is only added to Octogania on a return visit well after you visit the first one)).

Don't even get me started on how completely berserk the Maplestory multiverse seems to be, even the main universe starts you off in fantasy settings with fantasy monsters and then suddenly a modern shopping mall with bubble tea monsters and CD monsters and stereo monsters... (I honestly don't know the full story behind the Xenon and android stuff though but those also seem out of place, there's also the Evolution System too and a bunch of other stuff, at least the Stelar Detectives stuff involves aliens like an old-Gainax/Trigger anime)