For all its beauty, amazing culture and the most developed technologies, Japan has another side. Quite strange. All known weird Japanese music videos and commercials, scary movies, and non-standard behavior of modern Japanese. For example, the hikikomori – people-shut-ins usually is either very young or very elderly people, they isolate themselves from the world and spend all time at home, not leaving. They are called the “lost million.” But if you go into a house where lives a hikikomori, tourists most likely will not be able to go to the forest of suicides is really quite.
Forest Of Jukai, Aokigahara
At the entrance to the forest you will meet a sign which has an inscription that your life is priceless, her parents gave you, you should not break off, but if you hard and you are suffering, you are not alone, call us. Next is the phone number that you can call all who find themselves in difficult life situations…
Aokigahara is the suicide forest in Japan, also known as the “black Sea of trees”, “Forest of death” and other names in the same spirit. It is located on the island of Honshu mount Fuji. The forest covers an area of 35 square meters, he had appeared in this place in the 1st century ad, after the eruption of volcano Fuji. Cooled lava formed a plateau, which gradually became overgrown, Continue reading
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
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