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Customs and traditions of Japan

Catherine has been living in Japan. In one of the local universities, she teaches English. In General, the language she teaches adults, children, and even, as she admits, her dog. And draws, sculpts,  and records observations about the life of a Japanese.

The opening in the postcards-the customs and traditions of Japan

Comes man postcard – invitation to the wedding of a friend or girlfriend. The festival organizers asked, “would you be so kind to grace us with your presence?” You have to circle one of the options: houseki – comes, garasaki is not coming. And send a postcard back inviting. Then begins the interesting part: go is superversive console, to indicate that you almost worship. But it is impossible that you, speaking on his own behalf, put themselves above grammar companion.

Traditions and customs of Japan

Supposed to get a ruler and cross out the polite prefix two traits. You say: “You wrote that I am a king and God, but it is not so”. And the second step is to say how things really are. On the postcard the name of the sender deliberately impolite specified with the character (after all, Continue reading

The 10 weirdest Japanese traditions. Japan Asia

The Japanese do not celebrate the New year in our understanding. New year’s eve, they quietly go to sleep, but Wake up early in the morning and all go together to see the sunrise of the New year. We, of course, also met some new year’s dawn, but in a completely different state.

The Japanese have no jokes, but a kind of sense of humor.

2. Never say never

People in Japan try never to say the word NO, just replacing it with a polite departure from the topic, or this agreement is non-binding, and, ultimately, leads nowhere.

The Japanese have virtually no jokes. It’s hard to imagine, but true.

In Japan it is considered very unseemly, if You do not have a business card. So the Japanese even in the pool are wearing special waterproof small bags for business cards.

Courtesy is still in Japan comes to the extremes. Instead of pozhimanie hand the Japanese use the bows, and need to bow as many times as it did to You. The situation comes to the absurd. For example, if the Japanese decided to order sushi home, and if he can get a very polite courier delivery sushi home, this favor can take a lot of time! Guests will gather, and the courier will arrive very polite: then to bow, may take more than one minute! Continue reading

New year in South Korea

Koreans with a special thrill each the holiday and try to make it beautiful, bright and fun. South Korea — this is a country where holidays are valued and are able to carry out nicely. Not surprisingly, traditional for the country of morning freshness Oriental New year, in the process of globalization has added another Western winter celebrations.

New year in South Korea is celebrated twice — first on the solar calendar (i.e. in the night of 31 December to 1 January) and then lunar (usually in February). But if the “Western” New year in the land of morning calm has no symbolic load, the traditional New year according to the lunar calendar in South Korea is of special importance.

New year in Korea begins with a Catholic Christmas. As in Europe, Koreans dress up a Christmas tree, and prepare a variety of cards and gifts for family, relatives, friends and colleagues. It should be noted that Christmas celebrations in South Korea are even brighter than the calendar New year which is celebrated very formally. These days in the land of morning calm are perceived more as a rare weekend than festive. Therefore, all eager to escape to his hometown to visit his parents or just relax outside the city, for example, in the mountains. By the way, even there is an interesting mountain route which allows Continue reading

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