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The Tradition of celebrating New year in Japan

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

Jewelry Japan

A variety of interesting cultural phenomena of the history of Japan is not so rich in the traditions of jewelry art. According to archaeological research, a gold ring, belonging to the sixth century of our era, is losing popularity to the eighth century and only in the mid-nineteenth century jewel found among the ornaments of the rich Japanese women, which she wears with a kimono. By the end of the nineteenth century created the production, which will become a symbol of Japanese art jewelry – Mikimoto pearls.

In all these periods, of course, in Japan there were different types of jewelry, but the usual in our understanding of the style. Kanzashi and combs for the hair, fans. cords-braids, kumihimo. netsuke, oblong wooden buttons. Of course, these decorations have no equivalent in Western culture jewelry production.

One of the first types of jewelry Western character, which took in Japan, became a brooch, not because its worn directly on your body. All for the same reason, because of the reluctance to “change” your body, it is very difficult earrings were made location among Japanese women, and nowadays not so often that you meet Japanese women with pierced ears.

And therefore, we can say that the real history of Japanese jewelry production begins after the Second world war. Many major manufacturers, Continue reading

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