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
Interesting features of the life and customs of South Korea
The whole identity of the Korean people lies in its 5 000 year history and culture. The true spirit of creativity is present in music, dance and the visual arts. In recent decades, as more is the spread of Western culture, but the uniqueness and originality of the art “of the Country of morning calm” does not disappear, but continues to live in synthesis of cultures, acquiring new, more modern, streamlined look.
Pottery and traditions are the pride of the Korean people. Pottery originally came from China, but the current development has already acquired in Korea. World-known unique elegance and delicate bluish-green Korean porcelain.
Classical Korean music kuhak very similar culture with classical music of China and Japan. There are differences, Kugach has its special triple rhythm (the rhythm consists of three beats). Kuhak is divided into two major divisions – it conac (created specifically for members of the highest caste or class) and Mimosas (music of the common people). Music from high society is difficult at the same time slow and solemn melody, in the folk music of various musical genres mixed together, the music is fast and energetic.
Korean classical dance is divided into dance, which is danced at court, and folk dance. Knowledge Continue reading