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Customs and traditions of Japan
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Holidays in Japan

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

The Tanabata Festival in Japan

The Tanabata festival — one of the most romantic in Japan. It is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month — that is, 7 July in the Gregorian calendar. According to the legend, on this day only two lovers, separated on the sky the Milky way, can meet and spend time together.

The basis of the Tanabata festival is an ancient legend about a beautiful girl named Orihime, the daughter of the God of the Firmament. All day did she that wove the cloud — the heavenly clothing of his divine father. But one day she saw a young man named Kibokoni that led to about a bull. And, of course, immediately fell in love. The feeling captured Orihime so much that she forgot about his work. After the wedding, the couple neglected their case: loom stood idle, and the bull wandered aimlessly through the vast Plains of High Heaven. Found out about it, the God of the Firmament became angry and commanded that the lovers have separated, and not just so, and the Heavenly River, i.e. Milky Way. And only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers can meet. Help them to magpies: connecting your wings, they form a living bridge over which Orihime and Kibokoni can pass to each other and to spend some time together.

And that doesn’t happen every year! If the weather is rainy, the Heavenly River overflows and even magpies are not able to help spouses. Have Continue reading

IN South Korea – In South Korea: When is the best time to go to Korea (the best month for travel)

Here is another of the many questions often asked: when is the best time to visit Korea, winter or summer, spring or autumn? Well, I will try to tell you more about the seasons and holidays in the Republic of Korea.

Are you thinking to visit Korea? Or are you going to travel to Korea? Then you just have to know about Korean weather.

In Korea’s four distinct seasons of the year, and holidays, when almost all shops are closed. And most importantly – this unique weather.

January – the cold and windy month of the year. This is the best month for skiing. sledding and snowboarding. But don’t forget to take plenty of warm clothes.

February is very similar to January. But keep in mind that this month is also the New year according to the lunar calendar (Sollal), which in Korea is a holiday. Sometimes it starts in at the end of January, every year is different, so before you go, look in lunar calendar. And do not be discouraged if you are in Korea on New year. The official weekend is just 3 days.

March – though solar month, but still a little cool outside.

April is the most beautiful spring time. Cherry blossoms. At night not as cold. But sometimes it happens out of the ordinary, – deposited Continue reading

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