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
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 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