Asmacure – the most ancient holiday in the world. For 1,200 years it has not changed. The festival is held annually on 15 may in Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto. By this time it flies Sakura flowers blossom and marshmallow. Asmacure and is translated “feast marshmallow”. Today marshmallow in nature to meet not easy, so he recently replaced the more common bagryancem. He’s the same as marshmallow, similar to the leaves hearts.
Holiday Altea – the coeval of Kyoto. In the late eighth century the construction of the new capital was accompanied by great disasters: the public Treasury was empty, she died beloved wife of the Emperor, fell sick, the crown Prince. And then there’s the sky brought down to earth streams of water, which has overflowed the banks of the river Cape. To appease the ancestress of the Imperial family and the sun goddess Amaterasu, the Emperor organized the March. Whether the sky is no more water, whether Amaterasu liked the holiday, but the rain had stopped. Kyoto began to flourish. Since then, the main figure of the parade was the girl who represents Amaterasu. In the morning the palanquin of the goddess carried out of the Imperial Palace. A procession of 500 people going to the temple Samagama, and from there to the temple of Kamisama. Both temples have to defend the city from all sorts of misfortunes.
Judging by the fact that today Kyoto turned into an ultramodern metropolis, the churches perform their functions properly. The path from one temple to another passes through the Central part of the city. May 15, motor traffic is stopped, and the streets are given at the disposal of pilgrims and tourists. Look at the marshmallow festival in Kyoto come annually about 100 thousand people from the most remote corners of Japan.
Japanese Aamature similar to Brazilian carnival. The only difference is that there is no unbridled Latin fun. The ceremony is quiet to the sounds of flute and drum, every action has its deep meaning. And dance to the glory of Amaterasu brings the heavens to the earth as it was in ancient times.
Mebutamate not like this ancient holiday, as AOI, but the most popular one in Japan. It is not tied to any particular place. The most colorful festival is held in Aomori in the North of the island Konusheva. It was here a thousand years ago, the legendary Japanese warrior Tamuramaro won a most brilliant victory. And it was so. Tamuramaro ordered to lead the Imperial troops in their fight against the bandits. The enemy had numerical superiority, and Tamuramaro the trick. He told me to make giant effigies of mythological monsters. Seeing in the dark scary burning eyes, the bandits fled in terror. Tamuramaro became a national hero.
According to the ancient Japanese calendar Mebutamate should be noted on the seventh day of the seventh month. According to the modern calendar, this date corresponds to August 7. In this day people need to Wake up from summer slumber to be ready to harvest, and a happy holiday is intended to help them.
Preparations are underway Mebutamate six months. During this time, out of bamboo and papier-mache made 20 giant lanterns measuring 8 by 15 metres, and a bunch of little ones. Strengthen lights on a special stretcher. To raise them can 50 well-trained people. Wimps having nothing to do in the three-kilometer procession, which has been delayed for three hours.
At sunset begins the parade. It is open to all comers. For this you just need to dress in kimono and be in a good mood. If you traveled far and you have no kimono, it can be rented. So Mebutamate can be considered the most democratic holiday in Japan. Every year on the festive procession in Aomori dancing to the same rhythm 3.5 ml men, women and children.
So many pilgrims, of course, can not boast of a town of Inuyama. This provincial town was lost somewhere in the middle of the island of Honshu. But in Inuyama is the oldest of surviving castles. And here is one of the most extraordinary festivals in Japan, festival of animated dolls. Now no one really remembers when and who invented to celebrate the first Saturday of April with a festive celebration. For all we know the character of mechanical dolls. As a rule, every year at the festival there are 13 puppets. Some of them sets in motion a twisted spring, control other puppeteers.
One of the most beloved puppet characters in Japan – traveler Urasin Tara. Sea Princess presented him with a lacquered box and forbidden to open it. Tara didn’t listen, looked into the casket and turned into a white-haired old man. No one in Inuyama festival is not without a curious traveler and without 365 lanterns that are lit to commemorate each year spent in the bottom, because the Japanese live so that they never get painfully hurt for aimlessly lived years.