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
Japan has four major Islands – Honshu (3/5 area of the country), Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyushu and many small Islands extending arc of about 3500 km, from Hokkaido in the northeast to Islands of Ryukyu in the South-West. Japan is separated from the southeastern coast of Russia and East coasts of the DPRK and the Republic of Korea by the sea of Japan, from China – the East China sea. The South-Western extremity of Japan and South East Korea are separated by the Korea Strait with the minimum width of approx. 180 km. North of Japan is Sakhalin island. and to the North-East of the Kuril ridge.
Japan is a constitutional monarchy. The Emperor performs certain ceremonial functions (present on the official celebrations, national holidays). Based on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers he signs official documents prepared by the government, laws, international treaties, convene the Parliament session and dissolves the lower house, sets the date of elections to the Parliament, assures the appointment and dismissal of Ministers and other senior officials confirmed the authority of their ambassadors and receives foreign ambassadors, confirms the Declaration of Amnesty, he confers awards and honorary titles. By decision of the Parliament the Emperor appoints the Prime Minister and the last member of the Cabinet and chief justice of the Supreme court. Legally, the Emperor Continue reading