I've noticed that a lot of Japanese websites, ranging from a lot of different topics use the same layout and style. The last website I've found is: http://dolittle.eplang.jp/

So why is it common? Is there a certain design aspect that I'm not seeing? (Which could very well be the case since I'm a back-end developer) I haven't seen any English website which uses this kind of look.

EDIT: I'm talking about the dotted border underneath the post title, the abundant usage of lists and the 2001 layout.

  • You mean a header, a menu on the left and the main context box on the right? That’s not Japanese, that’s universal. You’re going to have to be more specific about what constitutes this look. I don’t see anything special or out of the (Western) ordinary in the page you’ve linked to. Find a few more examples and spell out what it is that makes you say they have a common look, then you’re much more likely to get some interesting answers. Nov 18 '15 at 14:21
  • I did not mean that, but I get that it's confusing as to what I meant. I'll edit my question.
    – user54380
    Nov 18 '15 at 14:29

Viewing the source of the page you can find a tag which seems to explain your question:

<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Quick Homepage Maker v5.0 rev.1307 PHP.5.4.45" />

This information is in the footer of the page too.

Quick Homepage Maker seems to be a free generator for website (try to read with the translation of Google Translator).

In my opinion the templates (or themes) of this generator are very similar, like the default ones of Wordpress or Joomla (and others).

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