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
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
Samurai, sake, sushi, anime, haiku – that’s what associations are carried out at the mention of Japan. and this is just a small list of what is known to every admirer of Japanese customs.
In Japan there are many holidays (just – 15)and internal, associated with a particular perception of nature. To state are traditional for Europeans festivals, as well as the holidays associated with nature and its manifestations (the spring and autumn equinox, Day, green, holiday, kids, sea, etc.).
Japanese culture, in his time, was strongly influenced by Asian countries, despite its isolation by geographical location, and frequent natural phenomena associated with earthquakes and floods. The inexhaustible ability of the Japanese to admire the fleeting beauty seen reflected in the art of Japan.
An integral part of the cultural heritage of the Japanese is the writing system. Not accidentally, calligraphy in Japan is considered one of the existing arts and is taught along with drawing lessons. Back in the old days a sign of cultural Japanese was considered his skillful calligraphy. There are several styles of writing hieroglyphs, developed by Buddhist Continue reading