Throughout the world there are holidays for kids and children. It’s as natural as childbirth itself. But of course, in each country these holidays have their own unique features. Citi-go-San Matsuri is one of the most colorful festivals in Japan.
It is celebrated on 15 November, specifically around November 15, for have always employed Japanese adults have little free time. So we go the kids are on holiday for a few days, and even months before and after. The closer to the holiday, especially on the weekends – the more families decide to have their children to city-go-San Matsuri.
In this day, people visit Shinto temples to thank the gods for the health and happiness of children. Before Citi-go-San had a certain value – the boys in 5 years for the first time were allowed to wear trousers “hakama”, and to stand before the elders in adult clothes. Girls in years 7 also it was allowed for the first time to wear a belt for kimono – Obi. And in three years all children received the rite of conservation of hair (before that in childhood their shaved bald), when the oldest member of the family presented them a symbol of white hair – a bundle of raw silk. Then children get up in “real” Continue reading
Traditional Japanese prints of the genre “Flowers and birds” (Cacho-e) the great Japanese artist Ohara Koson.
Cacho-e is a Japanese term used for all prints and print editions, United by one theme – the genre “Flowers and birds” – traditional Japanese art. Koson Ohara is the most famous master of the Japanese woodblock genre Cacho-e of the 20th century.
Ohara Koson was born in 1877 years in Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture, in Northern Japan. At birth was given the name Ohara, MATEO.
Studied painting with Suzuki Koson – Japanese woodblock print master of the genre of Ukio-e, and after the master’s death took his name. During his career, o’hara several times changed its name, CESSON, on Jason. So sometimes there is confusion with the signatures on the prints. On one we read CESSON Ohara, Ohara hoson the other or Vice versa. However, it’s the same artist.
In 1904 Koson Ohara creates a series of engravings, devoted to the Russo-Japanese war. Then there was nothing unusual. At that time almost all the masters of the Japanese woodblock genre of Ukio-e was engaged in one way or another on this topic. First was in the fashion the theme Continue reading