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Japanese new year’s traditions and treats

We will tell you about some traditions of celebrating new year in Japan, which includes unusual for Slavs rituals with special symbolic meaning. And please share the recipe surprisingly tasty Japanese treats, made especially for you in the network of restaurants “planet Sushi”.

We will tell you about some traditions of celebrating new year in Japan, which includes unusual for Slavs rituals with special symbolic meaning. And please share the recipe surprisingly tasty Japanese treats, made especially for you in the network of restaurants “planet Sushi”.

New Year in Japan

On-segatsu – Japanese New Year – is not only a favorite but also the most important festival for the inhabitants of the land of the rising sun. It is the New Year to take stock of the year, evaluate the results, and pay their debts. Before the Meiji era (1868-1911) it was celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, but these days even people with traditional views of celebrated European.

The main winter holiday has more meaning to people’s lives than perhaps all the other holidays combined. For the period of new year holidays largest part holidays. Generally New year is celebrated from December 29 to January 3, and almost all state and commercial institutions are closed.

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South Korea

The Republic of Korea occupies the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, acting on 1100 kilometers from the Asian mainland.

From the West the Peninsula is washed by the Yellow sea, the East Japan sea and to the South the Korea Strait and the East China sea. The total land area is 274 square kilometers 99. The landscape is mostly mountainous, plains occupy only 30 % of the territory. Off the coast of about 3000 Islands, mostly small and uninhabited. The largest island — Jeju.

Capital: Seoul

Population: 49 million

Language: Korean

Currency: South Korean won

Most of the country lies in the temperate zone, which clearly felt the seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short and warm, mostly Sunny days falls on the period from March to may. The summers are hot and humid, the temperature can reach +35°C. monsoon Season (“carma”) usually begins in late June and lasts until mid or end of July. August — hot and humid. Autumn in late September brings continental winds and clear, dry weather, making it the most pleasant time of the year. Winter is cold (down to -10°C) and dry, with periodic rainfall in the form of snow or rain.

The best time to visit is between late April to October.

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Embassy of Japan in Russia

Holidays

New Year — a holiday that brings joy to any home in any CT the wound of the world. In calendar rituals of the Japanese, like all peoples of East Asia, this festival belonged and belongs first place. It is not only important from the winter holidays, but the most important feast in General, more relevant to people’s lives than perhaps all the other holidays combined. No accident in modern Japan for the period of new year holidays, which is called o-segatsu (first month of the year), accounts for the largest part of the holidays. Generally New year is celebrated from December 29 to January 3 and almost all state and commercial institutions are closed.

New Year — a holiday special. Holiday, when you remember all the good and try to forget all the bad things left from the past year. In late December, the Japanese are preparing for the New year: restoring order in their homes, buy presents for friends and family, sign greeting cards (nengajo), cook timed to the holiday Christmas dishes put in front of the gate or at the entrance of the house decorations from pine kadomatsu, which symbolically guard the house from all harm. Many Japanese in the Christmas holidays going to their homes, visit local temples to pray and ask yourself and your family prosperity in the coming year (Azumaya). Continue reading

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