Virtually unchanged since the middle ages preserved traditional Japanese costume, national interior, literary Japanese tea ceremony, theatre “Kabuki”, “but”, “Bunraku” and many other equally peculiar traditions. And all this – surrounded by ultra-modern technological civilization!
The number of traditions and rituals that are required or recommended for compliance, is huge. Almost all spheres of life of the country is permeated by a network of traditions and ceremonies, especially noticeable in the communication between people.
The Japanese carefully and lovingly refer to nature, admire the natural beauty of the landscape, weather, flowers or sea. Numerous ceremonies contemplation of flowering trees, the full moon or the autumn colors are integral elements of society.
Handshakes are not taken, they are replaced by bows, and “return” bows require the same frequency and reverence, which shows the other side. The Japanese are polite and helpful in communication. The hospitality of the Japanese “blood”. Direct Continue reading
Wedding in Japan.
Looking into Japanese history, specifically during the time preceding the beginning of the XII century, you can see that traditional marriages for many centuries in Japan were polygamous. All the wives lived in different houses, and the husband visited them in turn, staying in each house for a few days or weeks.
The tradition began to change with the advent in Japan of the samurai class since the beginning of the XII century. Since then, every Japanese man is supposed to have only one wife. But within a few centuries young Japanese could not independently choose their life partner and marry for love. In the XII century wedding in Japan was seen as creating a kind of a military coalition between the families of bride and groom, but about feelings, emotions, and spiritual experiences, and few people cared. Search “second half” for the groom or the bride was carried out using Nakada – Japanese matchmakers and matchmakers. The decision of marriage taken by the parents of the bride and groom. Nakodo in this case acted as responsible for the marriage of the prisoner – man for several years after the wedding, he was instructed to observe the relationship of the newlyweds. If the marriage for whatever reason was unsuccessful, Continue reading
Seoul is a city oriented to the future, but carefully keeps its traditions. He took the Olympics and World Cup Soccer.
Gyeongbokgung Palace – “the Palace of radiant happiness” – one of five palaces of Seoul and the main Palace during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910 gg.). It was built by the founder of the dynasty king Lee Seon-Gye, when the state capital was moved from Gyeongju to Seoul. The ensemble consisted of 5000 houses. The entrance to the Palace lies through the gate Kwanhan – “radiant Gates of change”, built as the main entrance of the Palace ensemble and consisting of three gates, of which in average could enter the monarch himself, and the two lateral was intended for high officials. Mythical animals on the perimeter and on the roof protect the entrance from evil spirits. On the territory of the Palace is the national Folklore Museum, the richest exposition, which will introduce You to the history, culture and traditions of Korea.
Changdeokgung Palace consists of the king’s residence and garden Biwon (“Secret garden”). Built in 1405, it is the only Palace that has preserved the architectural style of the Joseon dynasty. Secret garden – a place for entertainment of the ruling dynasty: the nature has harmoniously created a local 300 year-old trees, pond Continue reading