One of the most exciting holidays in Japan – Bon. He came to the country in the mid-seventh century together with Buddhism, and was originally observed only by the aristocracy. Then, as the spread of Buddhism, became popular among other segments of the population. Bon successfully combined with traditional Japanese beliefs about the return of the spirits of their ancestors and reunite them with the living. Gradually, the holiday lost its purely religious significance and, like many holidays, has become secular.
During the festival, friends exchange gifts, Japanese workers are often given on the last day of the holiday weekend, and many times their release to the pore, to visit their homes and mingle with the spirits of their ancestors and living relatives. On these same days, as the New year, workers and employees are paid bonuses (bonuses in Japan traditionally pay two times a year).
Despite the fact that Bon – all souls ‘ day, is celebrated this festival is a fun, colorful, noisy. It involves a lot of rituals, ceremonies, rituals. And while the details of holding vary depending on the venue, the General features are the same everywhere.
On the eve of the house are thoroughly cleaned. Enjoy a special treat. Before a home altar (similar to a small niche, must-have Continue reading
Sweden – the land of the rising sun, the mysterious land on the Eastern edge of the world. Its territory – a small group of Islands in the Pacific, but Japan’s influence in the political, economic and cultural terms extends practically to the whole world. Here all is unusual: and climate, hot in the South with palm trees, and very cold in the North, where for four months out of the year there is snow; and the story, more like a mysterious legend than a reality; and the structure of society, which the uninitiated European often resembles an anthill, but it allowed Japan to enter the top ten countries – world leaders. It is ruled by the Emperor. In the country the sacred customs of their ancestors, and yet, Tokyo is one of the most modern and largest cities in the world. Japan is another civilization, is largely incomprehensible to us, yet it is good to come, to see how it blossoms Sakura, or as the fire darkens the sky over the cone of Fuji, and in order to understand the mysterious Japanese soul.
The capital of Japan – Tokyo, is one of the most populous cities in the world. The four main Islands of Japan and numerous small islets stretches for approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 km), from Hokkaido in the northeast to the island of Nansei (South of Kyushu) in the southwest. Continue reading
Ah became famous in Japan in the VIII century. The custom of drinking tea, like many others, came to Japan from China in the course of borrowing a rich continental culture of the neighboring state. However, as it often happened in Japan, foreign culture was not just perceived, but creatively reinterpreted. In Japan the process of making food and tea was elevated to an art form, were developed canonical rules of the tea act, a special tea room (cha-shitsu), knowledge and experience were passed from teacher to student in the process of understanding spiritual, philosophical, aesthetic and moral principles of the way of Tea.
Already in the XVI century European travelers returning from Japan, wrote about the “tea ceremonies” – “chanoyu”, in which they tried an unusual drink bright green color with a bitter taste of “matcha”. They said that besides the usual black and green tea in Japan is the so-called “ceremonial tea”, and the “tea ceremony” or the Way of Tea, as it is called by the Japanese themselves, is a sophisticated form of communication. Called the name of a famous tea master of that time – sen-no-Rikyu. This talented person made the most significant contribution to the development of the tea ceremony and distribution of spiritual ideals tea. The memory of him is alive in Japan to this day.