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
May day celebrations in Japan (air)
The program of the tour: May day celebrations in Japan (air)
1 day. The beginning of the tour.
Departure from Kiev.
Day 2. A walk through Osaka.
Arrival in Osaka. Meeting with the guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Evening: walk in the center of Osaka, a visit to the fish restaurants. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 3. Osaka castle, aquarium.
Breakfast. Tour of Osaka (the third largest city in Japan) visit: Osaka Castle (the garden where Sakura is already in bloom), aquarium “Kaiyukan” (one of the best collections of fish in the world), buildings “Umeda sky building” observation deck. Free time. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 4. Central and Eastern Kyoto.
Breakfast. Familiarity with Kyoto – the most beautiful city of Japan. Moving to Kyoto is the most beautiful city of Japan. Inspection of the Central part of Kyoto: Nijo castle, Imperial Palace, the observation deck tower (100 metres). Examination Eastern Kyoto: Higashiyama and Kiyomizudera temples(the area near the temple), temples, Ginkakuji, Sanjusangendo, Nanzenji, gion quarter. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 5. South Continue reading
Before the New year is only a few days. In anticipation of the holidays and new year holidays I would like to tell our readers about the features of this holiday in Japan.
New year for the Japanese — one of the most important holidays of the year. During the new year holidays in Japan, there are Christmas holidays, from approximately December 28-29 January 4-5, depending on the company. Most public and commercial institutions of Japan are officially unemployed in this period. During the Christmas holidays, many Japanese people go to their homes to see relatives and celebrate with them the New year, some go on a holiday abroad, for example, in Europe, or meet the holidays at home with family.
In late December, on the eve of New year, Japanese people have many worries. First, it is accepted to remove not only their homes, but also many companies conduct General cleaning in the offices in the last days of the company’s work before the Christmas holidays. The rules need to not only get rid of debris, but also from clutter.
One of the very important rituals in Japan is the training and sending new year greeting cards – nengajo . On nengajou usually depicts the symbol of the coming year on the Eastern calendar, Continue reading