November 15 or the week that includes November 15. everywhere in Japan you can see the incredibly charming, dressed in bright kimonos kids, hurrying with moms-dads-grandparents to the nearest Church, because in these days we celebrate favorite holiday of the ancient Japanese city-Go-San. The translation of the title is incredibly simple: the city is seven, five, and San is three.
This children’s festival, whose history goes back more than 300 years, is a common birthday for all children, which this year was 3, 5 or 7 years. These odd numbers has always been considered magical in Japan, and their corresponding ages reflected important stages of growing up children.
Holiday city-Go-San accompanies many traditional rituals and traditions. One of the most ancient and important ceremonies for boys and girls from the age of three, was considered the rite kamioki — “saving the hair”. In ancient Japan, in early childhood children are shaved bald, then they grow long beautiful hair, always rightly considered the pride of the Japanese. Day kamioki boys grew their hair so that they could tie at the nape, and girls tied tufts of hair on the sides.
Also in the middle ages in aristocratic families, boys in three years for the first time wore hakama — traditional men’s clothing in the form of wide trousers with pleats. Later, this ceremony has been Continue reading
Our story begins in the land of the rising sun – Japan. There in the Imperial Palace there lived a girl-Princess, who was graceful, lively, elegant, friendly dog breed Japanese chin. Proud and proud of Hina was the mascot of the Imperial court. The Princess has never been separated, the dog was so small that the girl could wear her in the wide sleeves of her kimono, the national dress of Japanese women.
It is time of flowering peach trees, a time when all around Japan are celebrating the day of girls. Once in a noble family was invited exorcists, who with the help of special charms were sent all the troubles of people in paper dolls, which were then taken to swim in the river or sea.
Now the houses just satisfied with the exhibition of dolls that are transmitted in families from generation to generation, because it’s a tradition to celebrate the birth of his daughter, giving her this toy.
For the celebration it was decided to invite the Princess of the Chinese Imperial court, along with which came her best friend – a dog of the breed Pekingese. In a luxurious fluffy coat of a Pekingese was irresistible, no wonder it served as the Imperial Chinese decoration of the house, because anywhere else this dog keep and breed were not allowed under penalty of death.
Decorated in a room where Continue reading
For European culture of Japan – a strange and utterly incomprehensible. In no other country of the technology and traditions are not so intricately intertwined: ideals of the samurai next to newest computers, those born in the nineteenth century long-lived – next to teenagers dressed in costumes Pokemon.
When striking development of all, with regard to technology, culture of Japan is the most conservative, closed and incomprehensible to foreigners. In today’s culture of “the land of the rising sun” a lot of weird aspects.
For example, a hikikomori. These are young people who refuse to communicate with the outside world. In every society there are a small number of “hermits”, but it’s usually older people, elderly with mental disorders, all kinds of depressions.
The feature of “hermits” Japanese – age: adolescents or young people are slightly over twenty. The reasons for the emergence of a huge number of these, is almost completely cut off from the outside world of people, primarily the Internet, the second big load in educational institutions, and, strangely enough, loving parents Continue reading