In Japan March is generally considered women’s month is celebrated not only the eighth of March, but “Momo-but sekku” (peach blossom Festival), the famous Holiday girls, better known as “Hina Matsuri”, the doll Festival. Initially celebrated in the 3rd day of the 3rd month, as a seasonal event because at that time the peasants were relatively free from agricultural work and can enjoy the first warm days, when you started flowering peach trees.
According to the ancient traditions of the Heian period (794-1185 years) on this day in noble families were invited exorcists who have made special prayer services, aimed at all the troubles people have switched to paper dolls, “nagsi-Bina” which was then taken to swim in the river or sea.
The wide spread of the holiday was in the 18th century, and its main purpose was added custom to arrange in homes where there are girls, shows a richly dressed dolls depicting the life and customs of the Imperial Palace. Now the custom has changed a bit: instead of paper dolls put ceramic figures dressed in silk clothes. On a special bookcase in the best room there is a set that is composed of dolls, passed on from generation to generation Continue reading
Introducing Japanese holidays – is an interesting and unusual way to understand Japanese culture and learn about the people that make this country so different.
To get the most out of the holiday, the most important thing to arrive in Japan on time. If you arrive too late, you will encounter incredibly inflated housing prices and terrible traffic jams, and the most interesting will pass by.
So, here are the five most important and celebrated throughout the country holidays in Japan.
To important holiday celebrating the new year in Japan is taken very seriously. Traditionally, new year’s eve the Japanese cook soba noodles, eaten exactly at midnight and starts the year. At dawn the Emperor prays for his people. The similarity with the Chinese new year is that on this holiday there is a special food, and children receive money in little envelopes. As a rule, all family members gather around the holiday table together, where not only eat and drink, and play games.
January 2 open access into the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace to everyone. Second time in a year the doors of the Palace will open only on December 23 – in the Emperor’s birthday. Many stores and businesses are closed until at least January 3. Another holiday, coming of Age day, Continue reading
Which country is called the country of the economic miracle? Of course, Japan. The state in East Asia, spread over the Japanese Islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Ryukyu archipelago, and others. Japan by the Pacific ocean, Okhotsk, Japan and East China seas. The Islands are stretched between the bridges, there are underwater tunnels, ferries.
Ode to tea
Useful properties and flavor of tea known to people since ancient times. For Japan, the tea and everything associated with it is a matter of national pride. About tea legends, this drink sing laudatory odes.
Japanese traditions ritual tea was in the old days, as a means to start a philosophical monks on the meaning of life. Drank tea from large and small bowls. Often the tea party happened in special tea rooms or tea houses, called Tasucu . Around the tea house, as a rule, was a small garden.
Fragrant tea, cozy house, nice garden – all this gave the tea party a special meaning. And the Japanese take tea ceremony as a natural and necessary part of their lives. Currently the best traditions of Japanese tea are carefully preserved.
The basis of Japanese cuisine is that gorgeous seafood, Continue reading