Girls holiday in Japan has several names: Momo-but sekku (feast of the flowering peach), Jesi-but sekku (the Celebration of the first day of the snake) and Hina-Matsuri (doll Festival). Previously it was celebrated on the third day of the third month as a seasonal event. In this day and perform the ritual of getting rid of illnesses and misfortune – Hina-okuri, which was made paper dolls nagashi-Bina (“dolls, lowered for the river”), which were thrown into the river, so they took away all unhappiness.
Dolls in Japan was considered not toys, and symbolic images of gods or people that bring good to people, repel the forces of evil, disease and natural disasters, preserve peace and tranquility in the home. Paper dolls were replaced by clay and wooden, and they are no longer thrown into the river, and kept at home, placing on the shelves.
Earlier the feast was celebrated only at court and among the military class, but it soon became widespread. In the eighteenth century, the girls Festival has gained national status. It then became the custom to arrange the exhibition a richly dressed dolls, which are placed on a special stand, consisting of three, five and seven steps, covered Continue reading
One of the biggest surprises for any native of the former Soviet Union will most likely be that the so-called Korean carrots is not Korean cuisine. It is believed that the carrot salad originated in the USSR as forced replacement of the main local dish — kimchi. Being unable to get a cabbage that is necessary for making real kimchi, Soviet Koreans used different substitutes and finally settled on carrots and garlic. In modern Korea, kimchi is first and foremost a special way fermented cabbage seasoned with ground red pepper. Invented when some poor peasants way of preserving quickly spread among all social classes — ancient texts suggest that kimchi was served at the Royal court in the fifteenth century. To try this dish today, you do not need to order it in a restaurant, especially in the menu it is not there. The popularity of kimchi is so high that all points of public catering, except, perhaps, “McDonald’s”, it is served on the table before the visitor has time to make the order. While kimchi is never included in the bill, and at a time when the visitor finishes the last cabbage leaf, fermented in a red pepper, it will put a new batch.
The weapon is food
Any travelling within Asian region one is confronted with the fact that his skills of eating Continue reading
Traditions and customs of Japan
The population of Japan (125 million) and 99.4% Japanese, and Koreans, Ainu, etc. nationality.
The official language is Japanese. Also a widespread knowledge of English and Chinese languages. Writing is about 5000 characters (kanji).
Japanese language and writing
The Japanese language has always been an important part of Japanese culture. The majority of the population speaks Japanese. The Japanese language is one of the most difficult to study. Some of the words in the Russian language were taken from the Japanese language, such as tsunami, sushi, karaoke, samurai.
One of the earliest forms of theatre became the theatre but (“talent, skills”) that developed in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the actors played in masks and luxurious costumes. In the XVII century formed one of the most famous kinds of Japanese traditional theater — Kabuki (“song, dance, skill”), the actors of this theatre were men, their faces were disguised in a complicated way.