Summer festivals of Japan
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Inga Esipova long worked as a journalist in Chita – many remember its publication in the newspaper “Extra” in the regional Supplement to the “Arguments and facts”. A few years ago she went to Japan, where he lives until now. Of course, Inga misses and Chita, and in journalistic work, and therefore easily and immediately agreed to cooperate with the news Agency “Chita”, talking primarily about Japan.
Tanabata today Mushi, the Japanese sigh. Indeed, a little too hot for folk festivals: a plus 30 and 100% humidity, which is air instead of steam stifling, and the body instantly covered in sweat. But this is the rainy season, not to cancel the same because of him the traditional summer holidays.
Tanabata Matsuri is one of the holidays numbers, borrowed (like almost all the other basics of life) by the Japanese from the Chinese. It is celebrated 07.07. – and before that even 03.03. – the holiday girls, and 05.05. – the holiday boys. In honor of Tanabata houses are decorated with long stalks of bamboo, to which they tie the ribbons to make a wish.
On the evening of July 7 in the residential areas are small mezhdousobnye festivals that are enjoyable to watch and much more interesting than the pompous city wide event. Street with old houses overlap and put the stalls along with traditional festive food: fire roasted corn on the cob, mini skewers in a sweet sauce yakitori, fried noodles with cabbage – yakisoba. The locals dress up for girls is a great reason to walk the front toilet – on holidays they wear traditional Japanese clothes: coloured robes and, for special occasions, kimono, Obi wide belt, wooden sandals. Even in the height of summer in Japan it gets dark early, and by the light of lanterns all looks so that not immediately figure out what in the courtyard of the era. Fan, high hair, beer, quiet laughter, lollipops, the flash of cameras in the phones…
After July 7 the next excuse to hang out – 19 July, Day of sea. The Japanese respect their sea, therefore – closed. This date becomes the reference point for sea outings and swimming – actually swimming, you can start much earlier, but the Japanese do not strive, as it is not accepted. Here will be the Day the sea, then you can try the water. Although most of the swimming season is limited to sepedonium in the sea knee-deep, splashing in the water, children and youth, as well the Japanese floating outside the basin are hard to find.
The Japanese summer – time fireworks. In winter no one launches rockets, and nowhere to buy them! Fireworks in Japan – the same seasonal goods, as in Russia, just the opposite season. In August the festivals of fireworks – Hanabi – are held throughout the country, people gather in places with good view to the river or sea, is positioned directly on the grass, again accompanied by stalls with food and cameras, contemplate the night sky with fireworks, that the more bigger the city.
Another symbol of summer, Ochugen, a symbolic gift to the one who you feel a sense of debt and gratitude. Parents, teachers, coworkers, doctor – that’s who presented the gifts during the end of July – beginning of August. Industry gifts in Japan designed exclusively practical people. No one rushing around the shops, not buying awful porcelain geese ornaments in gold. Order gifts to special departments of stores from catalogs, and these gifts ordinary household items and products in a beautiful gift box: coffee and tea set, a dozen cans of premium beer, beef from Kobe or expensive assorted varieties of ham and sausages. It can even be a set of bottles of vegetable oil or a big box of washing powder. At first glance, very strange and absurd, I also get a bottle of oil and a stick of sausage! But if you think about it – people think about each other, order a gift, pick him up, handed, with a gift guaranteed to be involved in the economy, and that means all is well.
After gifts, it is a time to honor ancestors. In mid-August Obon begins – Buddhist three-day festival of commemoration of ancestors. These days are not state holidays, but is leaving half the country’s jobs and is built in traffic on the intercity roads: people go to father’s house, to the province, to visit the cemeteries. In this case, however, more expensive tickets and tours to the nearby tropical resorts – obviously, there serving orphans and extremely tired workaholics.