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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

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 significant. We are talking about Asia . Here and oil the middle East with their infinite resources and the sale of the floating rate of oil, and the country with the largest population on the planet (India and China) and enormous territorial ambitions. However, to those include and Japan, which also has territorial claims to Russia and to China. There are still Pakistan, and is unable to complete his lifelong history with India. And finally, there’s China. Power, of course, claiming the title of hegemon in the Asian region.

Oddly enough, today we will talk not about them, but about the other two powers, almost twins but not brothers of the North and South Koreas.

A small historical digression . Until the end of the Second World War, Korea was a single nation, however, the majority of the time – power satellite for Japan. But after the war the country was divided conventionally enough by 38th parallel into 2 separate States, the development of which went completely different ways: North Korea became a Soviet zone of influence within the Peninsula, South – American. So one state has become two separate powers Continue reading

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