Holidays Japan

If on a clear August night to look at the sky, you can see the milky way – the Great Celestial river. She always crossed the plain of High Heaven. There was a time when around Heavenly Palace was surrounded by a beautiful garden. On one side gathered the trees that one could enjoy spring: pathogenicity pine, plum, cherry, Wisteria, kerria, Azalea… With another cool beat the keys, promising protection from summer heat, growing black bamboo, which under the leaves was concealed the fresh breeze. Immediately grew oranges, pinks, roses, gentian, and the wattle bloomed unohana. A third party was decorated with Chinese bamboo and pine, are particularly good in the winter under the snow. Could be seen near the hedge of chrysanthemums, that was something to go with morning frost in the first frosty days. The fourth part of the garden took trees, famous for especially deep hues of autumn foliage.

The feast of our yard “Matsuri” – Tokyo

Summer in Japan is the season of fireworks and festivals – Matsuri. On-Matsuri, meaning, rather, “festivities”, and hold them in each district, each area at different times. Where we live three quarters of jointly arrange such a holiday for over thirty years in the last weekend of July. Prepared in advance, the organizers of the famous committees of self-government that exist in each district. The participants are also the same – we have a Matsuri is held on the square around which are located the majority of shops and stalls, here they put the trays, plus the local boy scouts are doing something, well, etc. Posters were hung on all the pillars, and daughter for a month told me that soon she will go to Matsuri, yukata, catch fish, watch the fireworks. Fireworks is another story, and most importantly a mother – in yukata walk through the village, mingle with neighbors, to eat junk-food, try fun and simple to remember then it’s a whole year until the next holiday.

Tanabata festival in Japan – part 1

Since ancient times people were interested in the starry sky. This interest originated with its annual astronomy calendar, which was extremely important for agriculture, and astrology, with its myths, legends, and attempts to associate by joining together heaven, earth, of gods and men. Stars and constellations have received names, has found its own life, character, history. In honor of the most important gods arranged holidays to get them to continue an annual cycle, to preserve the order of the universe and to take the trouble. During the Late Chinese Han dynasty (23 – 220 ad) emerged the legend of two lovers, the Weaver star and the Cowherd (the star VEGA in the constellation Lyra, Japanese Sokoji or Tanabata-TsUMe and Altair in the constellation Aquila, in Japanese Congo). Their love was so strong that they could not have issued, and MIGA in separation: Weaver gave up a loom, and the Shepherd left his flocks to. But, as their labors depended the heavenly life on earth, the people suffered untold misery. People cried to the gods and those he had compassion on them, dividing the lovers and allowing them to see each other only once a year. This and other legends came to Japan from China in the VI-VII centuries, together with the rudiments of astronomy and superimposed on the local myth about a heavenly maiden Tanabata-TsUMe, dawsey clothes for the gods. Romantic story, especially loved by young girls and for the first time the festival was celebrated in the Nara period, in 755 at the court of Imperatrice-Kokan the Regent. Since Weaver was the patroness of weavers and seamstresses, and the Shepherd was the patron of farmers, the holiday quickly gained popularity with all the people – because in ancient times, all fabrics and clothing the villagers produced themselves and engaged in this, it is women and farming men.

Tanabata festival of Japan – part 2

The holiday was always so fond of that famous poets have devoted verses and entire poems, the actors of the IEO plays played, artists painted pictures, simple people socially stories and poems. On this day were poetry tournaments and today in the famous poetry anthologies to find poems about “the day of meeting of two stars”

Tanabata festival of Japan – part 3

If on a clear August night to look at the sky, you can see the milky way – the Great Celestial river. She always crossed the plain of High Heaven. There was a time when around Heavenly Palace was surrounded by a beautiful garden. On one side gathered the trees that one could enjoy spring: pathogenicity pine, plum, cherry, Wisteria, kerria, Azalea… With another cool beat the keys, promising protection from summer heat, growing black bamboo, which under the leaves was concealed the fresh breeze. Immediately grew oranges, pinks, roses, gentian, and the wattle bloomed unohana. A third party was decorated with Chinese bamboo and pine, are particularly good in the winter under the snow. Could be seen near the hedge of chrysanthemums, that was something to go with morning frost in the first frosty days. The fourth part of the garden took trees, famous for especially deep hues of autumn foliage. Flowing clear streams with waterfalls, where the water murmured sweetly especially. In short, here you can fully enjoy the beauty of the autumn landscape. The garden sparkled with bright colors, surpassing the famous mountains and meadows of the Median country.

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