The Tanabata festival — one of the most romantic in Japan. It is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month — that is, 7 July in the Gregorian calendar. According to the legend, on this day only two lovers, separated on the sky the Milky way, can meet and spend time together.
The basis of the Tanabata festival is an ancient legend about a beautiful girl named Orihime, the daughter of the God of the Firmament. All day did she that wove the cloud — the heavenly clothing of his divine father. But one day she saw a young man named Kibokoni that led to about a bull. And, of course, immediately fell in love. The feeling captured Orihime so much that she forgot about his work. After the wedding, the couple neglected their case: loom stood idle, and the bull wandered aimlessly through the vast Plains of High Heaven. Found out about it, the God of the Firmament became angry and commanded that the lovers have separated, and not just so, and the Heavenly River, i.e. Milky Way. And only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers can meet. Help them to magpies: connecting your wings, they form a living bridge over which Orihime and Kibokoni can pass to each other and to spend some time together.
And that doesn’t happen every year! If the weather is rainy, the Heavenly River overflows and even magpies are not able to help spouses. Have Continue reading
For the first time in about 40 years the Catholic Church in South Korea began to teach seminarians, who will serve as priests in North Korea, a country that is often criticized U.S. and international organizations for the oppression of believers.
“We cannot say that North Korea wants us to do. But we do it with hope for the future, when the two parts of the country will unite,” he said in an interview with Monsignor Matthew Hwang In-Kook, Episcopal vicar of the diocese of Pyongyang.
Catholic priest are not allowed to be on a permanent basis in North Korea, the country, the Catholic community which before the war, 1950-53 had about 55 000 believers.
The first five seminarians, who should be the clergy of the Pyongyang diocese, started training last week. According to Mons. Hwang, a small group of new students will be recruited each year.
Their preparation will take about 10 years, but then they may not be allowed to the North.
Clerics from the South and occasionally come to the DPRK, most often, they accompany the cargo of humanitarian aid or oversee the launching of charitable projects. According to some, one South Korean priest was able to conduct mass in Pyongyang on the day of death of Pope John Paul II.
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Which country is called the country of the economic miracle? Of course, Japan. The state in East Asia, spread over the Japanese Islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Ryukyu archipelago, and others. Japan by the Pacific ocean, Okhotsk, Japan and East China seas. The Islands are stretched between the bridges, there are underwater tunnels, ferries.
Ode to tea
Useful properties and flavor of tea known to people since ancient times. For Japan, the tea and everything associated with it is a matter of national pride. About tea legends, this drink sing laudatory odes.
Japanese traditions ritual tea was in the old days, as a means to start a philosophical monks on the meaning of life. Drank tea from large and small bowls. Often the tea party happened in special tea rooms or tea houses, called Tasucu . Around the tea house, as a rule, was a small garden.
Fragrant tea, cozy house, nice garden – all this gave the tea party a special meaning. And the Japanese take tea ceremony as a natural and necessary part of their lives. Currently the best traditions of Japanese tea are carefully preserved.
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