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Holidays in May in Japan

Japan could compete with our country lots of holidays. Particularly fruitful in this respect is considered in Japan the month of may.

Official holidays, which are days off in Japan fourteen, starting from the New year and ending with the birthday of the Emperor. In addition to the national holidays in Japan you can add another hundred holidays that are not weekends. Almost every day in this country celebrate a holiday, and sometimes two. Such a number of weekends and holidays compensates for short holidays that last in this country not more than twelve days.

However, to the main holiday of the Japanese you can actually add two more. First – it’s the holidays, which adjoins the birthday of Emperor Akihito, celebrated on December 23. The second “Golden week” begins the twenty-ninth of April and ends on the fifth of may. Main leave the Japanese to take the same summer, on the eve of the traditional Day of commemoration. Because at this time their main duty the Japanese believe visit native places and graves of their ancestors.

the “Golden week” includes four of the state holiday. The first falls on the twenty-ninth of April – Greenery Day, then the third of may – Constitution Continue reading

Sakura Festival in Japan

Festival blossoms in Japan

Sakura in Japan — the tree, which enjoys special veneration and love. Every year in April in Japan is traditionally held the feast of the cherry blossom — Hanami-party . About the unusual event, not everyone knows Russian, and European tourist: Random tell, what is this holiday and how it is celebrated in the land of the Rising Sun.

The history of this beautiful ceremony began in the days of ancient Hayana (794-1185 years). Japanese aristocracy then excelled in refinement of manners and grace, spending long hours under the flowering trees for different classes. They enjoyed soft drinks, arcade games, wrote poems and just talked at a high level.

As for flowering trees, it should be noted that the Japanese Sakura blossoms delicate and beautiful flowers. They represent human life . embody feminine beauty and are a symbol of Japan . Grows Sakura, or mountain cherry, is almost everywhere: in cities, in the mountainous areas and along river banks. Incredibly, and in the former USSR you can see how the magic Sakura blossoms, arriving, for example, in the Botanical garden in Petropavlovsk, in Kazakhstan. Other amazing places of Kazakhstan learn here .

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The Japanese eating habits and Zen macrobiotics

BC in Japan, people engaged in hunting, fishing and gathering plants, they had no grain crops. Then there farming with a predominance of rice cultivation. Widely developed the cultivation of vegetables and pulses, especially soya and beans. Of equal importance was gardening. Practiced fishing and poultry farming, but not livestock.

The main in the diet of the Japanese for centuries were rice and other grains that had formed the group under the name “primary food”, unlike their accompanying products. called the “additional food”. Note that all macrobiotic products are also divided into basic and additional. Among the widely consumed vegetables first place is radish (daikon) in cheese. boiled and pickled. Daikon is one of the favorite vegetables in a poppy-robotica.

Source of animal protein in the diet of Japanese were fish and seafood, often raw. Other animal products, mostly meat birds and eggs in the traditional kitchen was seldom used. Consumption, though small, lean animal meat has become universal over the last century, and it has increased significantly over the last 30-40 years.

Among the sources of vegetable protein in the Japanese diet was dominated by protein of soybean, especially through foods such as bean curd (tofu) and fermented pastes of soybeans. Continue reading

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