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
New year is one of the favorite holidays in Japan. From ancient times it was considered purely a family celebration. On the eve of the feast, the night of December 31, for new year’s eve meal was going all relatives.
Himself new year’s celebration is deeply symbolic, and this symbolism is especially evident in the Christmas food. On the table there is a long buckwheat noodles “soba”, promising longevity and well-being of the entire family, bean dishes, and beans you in the coming year of health problems and marinated herring ROE “kazunoko” – as a symbol of fertility in all senses of the word. From fish dishes traditionally choose carp as a symbol of strength, and small dried sardines, substitute new year wishes. And, of course, the obligatory dish of the Christmas table are rice cakes “Moti”.
In the old days in the New year’s eve cooking “Moti” took place with the participation of all family members or even neighbors. It was believed that “mochi” is the place where dwells the spirit, pokr overallstyle growth of rice. So, the more people will take part in the process, the richer will heal the entire County. Traditional method of preparation is quite time-consuming: the cooked rice is very sticky special varieties spread 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