Public holidays in Japan
As in any other country, in Japan there are several kinds of festivals: traditional, borrowed and official. Traditional, as a rule, go back to ancient customs or religious holidays and calendar special notes do not have. As well as elsewhere, wishing mark all borrowed holidays, for example Valentine’s Day, Halloween and other Western celebrations. «the Law on national holidays», which was adopted on 20 July 1948 sets a date for the weekend which are common to the whole country, in Japanese they are called “kokumin-but sukumizu”.
What are national holidays of Japan
Among all the other countries Japan leads in the number of official holiday dates. So what are the Public holidays in Japan?
Let’s start from the beginning of the calendar. So, January 1 is the beginning of the New year. As in many other countries in Japan on this day people cook different dishes, give gifts and just have fun. There’s also a funny tradition to pay special attention to any case that in the new year made for the first time.
After all, if it is done well it will bring success in the new year. January 15 is the Day of age. On this day all boys and girls who have reached 20 years of age, celebrate the holiday. After all, this is the age of adulthood in Japan. From this moment Continue reading
It’s hard to find a country so rich in festivals like Japan, where nearly every day of any celebration, and even more. The celebrations are accompanied by performances, processions, music, singing, dancing, competitions, games.
The numerous parties can be divided into groups according to their origin and content. It is, above all, the New year, the “holiday of holidays”. Time complex new year holidays lasts almost the whole winter season.
Significant place in the Japanese calendar is the ancient agricultural feasts, accompanied by ancient rituals. The most striking are those that are associated with rice cultivation. Eastern aesthetics, the originality spawned a whole range of holidays in the contemplation of nature — cherry blossoms, autumn maple leaves, moon.
Many festivals in Japan dedicated to children. The most famous of these holidays girls and boys (tango-but sekku and Hina-Matsuri). In addition, children are indispensable participants of most adult of holidays.
A number of holidays originated as the memory of different historical events: gion, the Parade of the ages, etc.
In Japan officially established on 14 days off, if a holiday falls on a Sunday, it becomes a non-working day and Monday:
1 January — New year (Ganjitsu).
January 15 — coming of age Day (Seydzin-no Continue reading
Helicopter Evacuation in the Korean War
The small number of evacuations and rescues during World War II were enough to make it clear that the helicopter was the future of battlefield MedEvac. The Korean War brought that promise to an operational reality.
In Korea, the use of helicopters as ambulances was especially important due to the physical landscape. The rugged terrain and difficult roads made a tactical ride in a ambulance truck to reach an aid station far too rough and lengthly to meet the needs of the wounded soldiers. Casualties often went into shock from the rigors of truck transport and essential time was lost before treatment. Medical officers noted that “A man dies in a period of time, not over a distance of miles” to summarize the problem.
Medics gently carry a wounded American soldier towards a Bell H-13 helicopter for evacuation to emergency treatment, 23 July 1953. An M-43 Dodge Ambulance is in the background.
At the outset of the Korean War, the U.S. military was still equipped only with a small number of World War II helicopters. There was no doctrine to prescribe their use. But, as always in wartime, practical necessities drove the agenda, problems were solved, and helicopters quickly became the primary medical evacuation aircraft for the movement of casualties Continue reading