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Eastern New year in Korea

In Korea the New year has always been a very important holiday (Eastern New year, of course, according to the lunar calendar). It sought all day to spend at home, in the family circle. In the past years around the holidays, even petty criminals were released from prison to go home under parole. In the New year, it is rare to meet travelers, but if someone had to celebrate a holiday on the road, the innkeeper, traditionally did not take money from the traveler for meals and overnight. I can’t guarantee that if you arrive in Korea for the New year – i.e. on 12th Feb, — you will be provided with free billeting. But in any case you will not regret it.

What to do, say, in Seoul for the New year? Ideally a quick meet with some local citizen and to get invited (still homemade holiday when it is customary to pay visits). If not – go to the restaurant, so at least there’s plenty of naprobovatsya Korean new year treats. On the street you can buy roasted acorns “amp”, sticky caramel “ut”, beans “tan-UNSC” and other traditional sweets. Be sure to visit one of the many bars in Seoul-karaoke. Stranger you feel there will not be: I love the Koreans of the Soviet Estrada. This is the rare country (even more interestingly, a cap, and not the SOC), where modern Patriotic songs are very well known, and, moreover, extremely popular. I love Kobzon, Continue reading

Coming of age Celebrations in Japan

Every year on the second Monday of January, Japan celebrates coming of age Day (Seijin no Hi), in 2010 the celebration was on January 11.

It is a public holiday. It is a public holiday.

Coming of age in Japan in 20 years comes. Under Japanese law, from that moment young people have the right to participate in elections, bear full responsibility before the law, they are subject to labour legislation, the right to enter into banking and commercial transactions, to conduct real estate transactions, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

It is believed that the first day of age was observed in Japan in the year 714. Then the young Prince, the heir to the throne, on the recommendation of the priests changed the hairstyle and the shape of the garment, noting its entry in the adult age.

Until the mid-nineteenth century boys and girls become adults at different times. In a series of Shinto rites this ceremony was called genpuku, which roughly meant “new hairstyle”. The boy aged 10 to 16 years shaved off the curls over the forehead and tie the remaining hair in a pigtail, ukladyvaya on the crown. It was a hairstyle (eboshi) adult male, samurai. At the same time the boy children changed the name to adult. For girls Continue reading

Summer festivals of Japan

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Inga Esipova long worked as a journalist in Chita – many remember its publication in the newspaper “Extra” in the regional Supplement to the “Arguments and facts”. A few years ago she went to Japan, where he lives until now. Of course, Inga misses and Chita, and in journalistic work, and therefore easily and immediately agreed to cooperate with the news Agency “Chita”, talking primarily about Japan.

Tanabata today Mushi, the Japanese sigh. Indeed, a little too hot for folk festivals: a plus 30 and 100% humidity, which is air instead of steam stifling, and the body instantly covered in sweat. But this is the rainy season, not to cancel the same because of him the traditional summer holidays.

Tanabata Matsuri is one of the holidays numbers, borrowed (like almost all the other basics of life) by the Japanese from the Chinese. It is celebrated 07.07. – and before that even 03.03. – the holiday girls, and 05.05. – the holiday boys. In honor of Tanabata houses are decorated with long stalks of bamboo, to which they tie the ribbons to make a wish.

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The Culture of Japanese tattoos
Japanese kind of tattoo seems to be the most complex and mysterious. His story is also interesting and surprising in its diversity. According to historical sources, the art of body…

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Asian food comes
Asian cuisine has long been loved by many gourmets, Chinese and Japanese dishes can be found on the menu of most cafés and restaurants in the world, but recently gaining…

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North and South Korea
Asia is not just China and Japan But do not forget that there is another major region of the world that is not only less contradictory, but perhaps even more…

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