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5 reasons to visit Japan

Japan — “land of the rising sun”. It is striking in its history, traditions, way of life. Reasons to visit her a lot, but perhaps I’ll try to name five basic.

Japan is rich in its traditions and customs, so to list them all is impossible. For many years in Japan brought a sense of beauty, which became a kind of religious worship beauty. Hence, such traditions as: khans — admiring flowers; tsukimi dreams of becoming — admiring the moon; ukemi — admiring the snow. The Japanese themselves feel that their sense of beauty, which is transmitted from generation to generation, is property of the Japanese people that foreigners can only admire.

Traditional tea ceremony (oil) belongs to the unique arts and customs. Oil – strictly painted ritual involving tea master who brews tea and pours it, and those who are present at the same time and then drink. In Japan there are many forms of tea ceremony, however, strictly established only a few: night tea, tea at sunrise, evening tea, morning tea, afternoon tea, special tea.

Sakura — the symbol of Japan and Japanese culture. Image of flower is used everywhere: on hats students and the military, the coins are in denominations of 100 yen, on the arms of the police and armed forces. Sakura is also the symbol of feminine beauty and youth.

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Daily life in Japanese

To begin with, than go in. Go in a literal sense. The fact is that when entering a Japanese house, you can find your step in the hallway – genkan – this nut decided to leave their street shoes and wear Slippers.

Surappa

There are ordinary Slippers – suippe, in recent years, more Japanese people prefer to walk at home in Slippers, European style, although even before the Second World war and the early postwar years at home wore Japanese tabi socks *in most cases – white only* or went barefoot.

Tore surappa

There is another, very special kind of house shoes in Japanese – is a special “toilet Slippers” – toire surappa. They will be waiting for you at the entrance to the Japanese bath or the toilet. The mechanism here is the following: go to the toilet – change ordinary on toilet Slippers, out – perform the reverse procedure. These Slippers are usually made of plastic or rubber, but sometimes there are “soft top”, but still rubberized inside. If in the Japanese store you have to choose Slippers, you can easily understand which one is “toilet”. This “trick of disguise” has several goals – first, so it will be more hygienic. And secondly, the surrounding without words you will understand, Continue reading

Tea ceremony in Japan and its history

Tea in Japan came from China, whence it was brought by Buddhist monks. So many people think that tea ceremony in Japan is very similar to Chinese traditions. But actually it is not. General is only one — the total absorption by the process and, of course, tea.

The ritual was often changed but the respect for tea remained unchanged. Modern tea ceremony in Japan was invented in the XV century by Murota JUKU — a monk. And at the beginning of the next century one of ZEO Takano enriched the tradition of tea houses and pottery is rough work.

Disciple of ZEO Takano sen-no-Rikyu went further and even defined, what can be said during the ceremony. Also designed the atmosphere: it became obligatory garden with a stone path that leads to the tea house. Thus, a simple meditation with an offering of tea to the Buddha turned into a small performance with scenery, where roles are strictly divided.

Fortunately, Since school based sen-no-Rikyu, not only flourished, but by the 18th century opened several other schools as their basis.

Utensils for the tea ceremony in Japan is chosen the most simple — it is an undecorated coarse pottery. Especially in the price of aged items. The tea set includes the box where Continue reading

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