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Day of honoring the elderly in Japan on September 16

— How old are you? — 80. Well, you’re still young, so hop on this place. But I’ve been 85. The dialogue on the bus is still an undeniable fact that on planet Earth the Japanese are in the group of centenarians. According to the results published by the Ministry of labour and social protection in July 2012, the average life expectancy of Japanese people is 79,44 years, and Japanese — to 85.9 years. Until 2010, women held the leading position in the world, and men were at the 4th place. In recent years, speaking of elderly people in Japan have increasingly begun to use the phrase “silver age” (silver age), and I must say that the “silver age” in Japan, in the majority, leads a healthy lifestyle and looking great. And, there is no doubt that Japanese proverb — “to Learn new things, referring to the old” very well reflects the relationship between generations in Japan and allows us to understand that the cult of the older generation, in the best sense of the word, here is very tangible.

All of which reached the country after the devastation left by the second world war, it is obliged to them who are now over 70. So the Day of honoring the elderly (Keiro-no Hi) is a bright and beloved holiday. To celebrate the “Day of the elderly” offered in 1947 Masao Kadowaki, the headman of a small village in Hyogo Prefecture. Day for celebrating selected 15 of September — and the harvest is complete, and the weather is good established. Gathered a Council of elders and the motto of the holiday approved: “Improve life in the village, learning wisdom from our elders, respecting them and learning from their experience”. Since 1950, the beginning of the celebration picked up in other villages, and the tradition gradually spread all over the country. Later the expression “Day of the elderly” were not considered quite ethical, and in 1964 the name was changed to “Day of older persons”. And since 1966, the day became a national holiday — the Day of honoring the elderly.

Until 2003, the Day of honoring the elderly and celebrated on 15 September, and since 2003, the partial revision of the Law “On national holidays”, it was moved to the third Monday of September. Thus, in early autumn, the Japanese got a legitimate reason to relax and leisurely to congratulate their lovely old people, wishing them a long “third period of life.” Day of honoring the elderly is not only family and friends, children and grandchildren. Trade network provides a huge selection of products at significant discounts, health facilities provide free medical examinations, some charities, foundations and various government agencies issue cash benefits, schools and creative groups prepare concerts and festive performances. On this day, some major sports and fitness centers invite the “silver age” of free access to the pool or the sauna, and hairdressing — make a fashionable Perm. According to very old traditions, having lived 5 times the 12-year cycle, Japanese reaches the age of 60 and is in brand new condition. he returns to infancy. A reminder of such returns becomes a red vest and a small hat, which the children and grandchildren give their indefatigable workers in their autumn holiday. This simple gift can have on its 60th anniversary boss or Manager from colleagues or University Professor from the students. The color of the vest varies with the age of the “baby”. 70 and 77 anniversary of the cook waistcoat lilac color, 80-, 88 – and 90-years — yellow, and the 99-anniversary — white.

How many Japanese already tried on the white vest? According to data published by the Ministry of labour and social protection on 14 September 2012, the number of Japanese crossed the 100-year milestone, reached 51 thousand 376 people. 87.3% of centenarians were women, 12.7% were men. Unbiased reports and statistics such that approximately 23% of Japan’s population is people over 65. The nation is aging, and society inevitably raised before the problems of providing her a decent old age, health care and care for the elderly, pensions and benefits and becoming more and more important in recent times, guarantee personal and financial security of the elderly.

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