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 Continue reading
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
Japan being a small island state, has a great economic potential and rich cultural heritage. It’s amazing how generously nature has endowed this region, while the geographical location allows us to observe the change of all four seasons. Historical monuments and modern techniques coexist in the wonderful country.
Sites of Japan’s diverse and extremely interesting, and every year you can watch the endless stream of tourists and travellers who visit this state.
Historical monuments of Japan
Places of Japan are so varied and numerous that for a visual interpretation of the review would be better to make a conditional division. For lovers of Antiques and exquisite style are advised to visit the Himeji castle, located at the foot of scenic mount Hime in Hyogo Prefecture. This building is an echo of the era of the samurai, which was recorded in the UNESCO list in 1993 as a world heritage site. It was built in the 14th century and for two centuries it withstood many battles.
When the building passed into the hands of the warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi, except the walls, little remained. During the period, 1601-1609 castle underwent reconstruction, which introduces an elegant tower, comprising of seven tiers, and beyond that, a whole bunch of towers auxiliary values. It can be noted that the building Continue reading