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Holidays in Japan

Festivals of Japan

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In Japan it is very easy to celebrate the holidays.

Because you always know when to celebrate, how to celebrate, what to celebrate and someone to celebrate.

Japanese official calendar has 15 events a year. These days are referred to as sukumizu . that just means “holiday”, and to celebrate they installed the “Law on national holidays”. In the days sukumizu most Japanese could certainly use his legal right to stay.

But the Japanese, who love recreation, fun and hearty feast, could not do just legalized government national holidays.

The Japanese have even Matsuri .

Matsuri is a celebration of the wider sense of the word. This festive procession, and fireworks, and traditional dances and chants, which usually involved a large number of participants and many more spectators. Throughout the year there are many festivals, among which the most favorite one is the Japanese festival of Tanabata love .

Below is a list of the main public and some typical Japanese festivals. The list is constantly updated.

Festive procession in honor of the God Ebisu trade (November, Kyoto).

In each Prefecture, every town and even village has its own traditional festivals-Matsuri inherent Continue reading

What is a Bong and how is it observed in Japan?

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

How the Japanese relate to Islam?

A student from the capital of the Country of the Rising Sun hashiyama of Utah for several years studying our language, folklore, life and customs. Our dialogue touches on a religious theme: How the Japanese relate to Islam? Does Japan Muslims whether a mosque? Who erected the first mosque in Tokyo?

Utah, are there many Muslims in the capital of Japan?

According to my observations, in Tokyo, all in Japan, a little Muslims. But with Islam there are a number of quite interesting facts. Your religion on the island for the first time brought the Tatars who immigrated to our country during the revolution. A group of Tatars at that period settled in Tokyo and established his non-profit organization. In 1938 they shared the efforts of the building of the first mosque. In the fifties many of your tribesmen had moved to other countries. Since the building of the mosque was severely dilapidated, in 1985 it had to be dismantled, and 2000, with the assistance of Turkey new building was erected the mosque. Currently, all Muslims living in Tokyo, we gather for worship in this beautiful building.

Tell me, please, what is the attitude of Your countrymen towards Muslims?

The Japanese attitude towards Muslims is normal. I studied Islam, and therefore Continue reading

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