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The Traditions and customs of Japan

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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

In Japan they celebrate the girls

On March 3, Japan celebrates the popular annual celebration of “Hina Matsuri”, which in translation is called “girls Holiday”. “Hina Matsuri ” — literally “doll Festival” (“Hina” ” doll, “Matsuri” — a holiday). He has several names: “Jesi-but sakku” — the Celebration of the first day of the snake; “Momo-but sakku” — the feast of the flowering peach.

To this day virtually in every household on a special stand “hinadan” exhibit a richly dressed doll, called “hin-ning,” and depicting the life of the Imperial court, writes RIA Novosti .

The history of the festival spans over a thousand years. In ancient times, people believed that dolls can absorb evil spirits. In celebration of “Hina Matsuri ” was performed magical rites — down the river allowed the particular paper dolls (“nagashi-Bina”). According to legend, these dolls floating in small wicker baskets, were carried away all the sickness and adversity along with evil spirits who caused them. Such custom is now only preserved in very few places. Gradually a ritual was teamed up with popular children’s entertainment — playing paper dolls — and has undergone a dramatic change.

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Wedding in Japan

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

Countries of Central Asia and their brief description

Referred to as Central Asia region, which covers quite a vast territory of Eurasia. He has no outlet to the ocean, and it consists of many States, some partially, some fully. Central Asian countries are very different in their culture, history, language and ethnic composition. This region stands out as the only geographical unit (unlike the Ancient East, which was the cultural region), so every area will be discussed separately.

What powers are part of the geographic area

So, first consider all the countries and capitals of Central Asia, to have formed a full picture of what lands are included in its composition. Just note that some sources consider Central Asia and Central and others believe that it is one and the same. Central Asia consists of such countries as Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Kazakhstan (Astana), Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), Tajikistan (Dushanbe) and Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek). It turns out that the region is formed by five ex-Soviet republics. In turn, the countries of Central Asia consist of these five powers, Western plus China (Beijing), Mongolia (Ulan Bator), Kashmir, Punjab, North-East of Iran (Tehran), North India (Delhi) and Northern Pakistan (Islamabad), Afghanistan (Kabul). This also includes the Asian region of Russia, located South Continue reading

Memoirs of the year on Golden week.

When the Japanese learn that in Russia there are protracted may holidays, they look at each other with understanding: from the Northern neighbors, then there is also the Golden week. To this phrase – the Golden week – the inhabitants of the island nation accustomed from childhood. After all, the holiday on Golden week here – it’s practically a national duty. What are they – may day – in the land of the rising sun? About it tells the correspondent of “New News” in Tokyo.

At the may holidays, the Japanese don’t go digging in the beds – they prefer to travel.

That is celebrated in early may, will tell you not every Japanese. This is understandable: the reasons for the may celebrations in Japan periodically changed so drastically that modern man, even if he is a native resident of the country, it is no wonder to get confused. Thus, on 29 April (first day of the Golden week) for a long time was celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Hirohito. When in 1989 Emperor, who ruled the country more than half a century, died April 29 as a Day of greens. In 2007, this holiday was moved to may 4. On April Continue reading

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