In the Pacific ocean, on the four Islands with a total area of about 400000 square kilometers, is one of the most beautiful countries Japan. Civilization inhabiting this country, developing for more than 2.5 millennia and today is considered one of the most highly developed. Let’s look at what’s good about Japan and why its customs and traditions attract tourists.
History of Japan began in the 7th century BC, when, as stated in the give, on the throne of the first Emperor, whose name was Jimmu. If you believe all those legends of old, the initiator of the coronation of this man was the goddess of the sun named Amaterasu. For more than a Millennium the country was ruled by emperors, sitting on a throne in the beautiful city, Kyoto.
While the Emperor and his entourage enjoyed a luxurious life, the rest of the country sliding deeper into poverty, resulting in people increased the degree of discontent and rebellion the country was saved only by armed squads of governors. In the middle ages, shoguns – governors take power into their own hands with the help of his faithful warriors samurai who respects the service of the owner is paramount. The power of the Shogunate had existed in Japan until the 19th century ad, all this time the country developed in isolation from the rest Continue reading
And it starts with the fact that Japan formally ends the winter. Formally, because in the cold, February 3, the country celebrated the Setsubun festival. the end of winter according to the lunar calendar. Only the inquiring mind will discover in this cold day in Japan, the signs of spring. But nevertheless on this day, according to tradition, whose roots are lost in antiquity, it is customary to buy roasted beans and throw them home, saying: “They WA Soto, fuku WA uchi!” — “Devils out, happiness in!” The same ceremonies are held in temples with great concourse of people; it is believed that whoever catches keep spilling the beans, be sure to catch it soon and good luck. According to ancient legend, 3rd February, each person must eat as many soybeans as their age. However, now children just before the February spring festival often eat are not real beans, and candy in the form of beans. considered to be worse than their “ancestors” are used to protect against every kind of evil. The second wave long-awaited but unseen until spring rolls in Japan with the blooming ume — plums, which the trees in the Tokyo area bloom by mid-February, despite the continuing cold and snow lying everywhere:
And here is the first real spring day: it’s a girls holiday Continue reading