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
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.