Summer holidays of Japan
Inga Esipova long worked as a journalist in Chita – many remember its publication in the newspaper « Extra ” and in the regional Supplement to the ” Arguments and facts”. A few years ago she went to Japan. where he lives until now. Of course. Inga misses and Chita. and on journalistic work. and therefore easily and immediately agreed to cooperate with IA « Cheetah.Roux”. telling. first of all. about Japan.
Tanabata today Mushi. the Japanese sigh. Really. a little too hot for folk festivals: a plus 30 and 100% humidity. what is air instead of the stifling vapor. and the body is instantly covered in sweat. But this is the rainy season. can’t be cancelled because of him the traditional summer holidays.
Tanabata Matsuri is one of the holidays numbers. borrowed ( like almost all the other basics of life) by the Japanese from the Chinese. It is celebrated 07.07. – and before that even 03.03. – girls holiday. and 05.05. – the holiday boys. In honor of Tanabata houses are decorated with long stalks of bamboo. to which is tied the ribbons to make a wish.
On the evening of July 7 in the residential areas are small mezhdousobnye festivities. which is more enjoyable to watch and much more interesting. than pompous city wide event. Street with old houses overlap and put the stalls along with traditional festive food: fire roasted corn on the cob. mini skewers in a sweet yakitori sauce. fried noodles with cabbage — yakisoba. The locals dress up. for girls this is a great reason to walk the front toilet — during the holidays they wear traditional Japanese clothes: I. colored robes for special occasions. kimono. a wide Obi belt. wooden sandals. Even in the height of summer in Japan it gets dark early. and in the light of lanterns all looks so. it is not immediately realized. what the court of the era. Fan. high hairstyles. beer. quiet laughter. lollipops. the flash of cameras in mobile phones…
After July 7 the next occasion to get to 19 July. Day of the sea. The Japanese respect their sea. therefore – closed. This date becomes the reference point for sea outings and swimming – actually swimming, you can start much earlier. but the Japanese do not seek. because it is not accepted. That Day will come sea. then you can try the water. Although most of the swimming season is limited to sepedonium in the literature. splashing in the water, children and young people. and the Japanese floating well outside the basin are hard to find.
The Japanese summer – time fireworks. In winter no one launches rockets. and nowhere to buy them! Fireworks in Japan – the same seasonal goods. like in Russia. only season Vice versa. In August the festivals of fireworks – Hanabi – are held throughout the country. people gather in places with a good view. on the banks of the river or the sea. placed right on the grass. again accompanied by stalls with food and cameras, contemplate the night sky with fireworks. who is the smartest. the larger the city.
Another symbol of summer Ochugen. a symbolic gift that. who do you feel a sense of debt and gratitude. Parents. teachers. senior colleagues. doctor’s they get presented with gifts in the period of late July – early August. Industry gifts in Japan designed exclusively practical people. No one rushing around the shops. not terrible buys porcelain geese ornaments in gold. Gifts are ordered in a special Department stores directories. moreover, these gifts ordinary household items and products in a beautiful gift box: coffee and tea set. a dozen cans of premium beer. beef from Kobe or expensive assorted varieties of ham and sausages. It can even be a set of bottles of vegetable oil or a big box of washing powder. At first glance. very strange and ridiculous. I also get a bottle of oil and a stick of sausage! But if you think about it — people think about each other. order a gift. take it. handed. and the gift is guaranteed to be involved in agriculture. and it means – all is well.
After that. as gifts are handed over. there comes a time to commemorate the ancestors. In mid-August Obon begins – Buddhist three-day festival of commemoration of ancestors. These days are not public holidays. but half the country is leaving jobs and lined up in traffic on the intercity roads: people go to her father’s house. in the province. to visit the cemeteries. At the same time. true. expensive tickets and tours to the nearby tropical resorts – it is obvious. there serving orphans and extremely tired workaholics.