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
The culture of Japan resulted from a historical process that began with the relocation of the ancestors of the Japanese people on the Japanese archipelago from the continent and the emergence of a culture of Jomon. Modern Japanese culture was strongly influenced by Asian countries (especially China and Korea), Europe and North America.
One of the features of Japanese culture is its long development period in complete isolation of the country (sakoku policy) from the rest of the world during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which lasted till the middle of XIX century — beginning of the Meiji period.
The culture and mentality of the Japanese was influenced by an isolated territorial situation of the country, geographical and climatic features, as well as specific natural disasters (frequent earthquakes and typhoons), which resulted in a kind of Japanese attitude to nature as a living creature. The ability to admire the immediate beauty of nature as a feature of national character of Japanese, found expression in many art forms of Japan.
The history of Japanese culture:
The Jomon (10 thousand years BC — 300 BC) — first examples of ceramics, jewelry and female figurines the dog
The Yayoi (300 BC — 300 ad) — the transition 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