Holidays in Japan
Holidays in Japan In Japan, at the state level there are 15 holidays of the year. Every holiday is an official day off. If the holiday falls on a weekend…

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Incurable workaholics, or less Where the rest of all
According to the company Expedia, who interviewed more than 7000 people, more than all the rest Europeans. And it's not just that they have almost a month to relax. They…

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The Traditional holidays in Japan: Japanese New year

New year in Japan

Traditional Japanese holidays

You can hardly find a country like Japan, where such a wide variety of holidays. However, the specificity of Japanese holidays is their well-defined aesthetic criteria, as well as complex rules, traditions, special rituals, through family education and communication. Favorite and most fun Japanese festival is a New year, which relates to three of the most important to Sandisco, together with the Foundation Day of the state, as well as the birthday of the Emperor. Before New year in Japan is celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the end of the nineteenth century it correlated with the New year, celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, and the celebration of Christmas.

Japanese New year

The Japanese begin to prepare for the holiday in advance: almost throughout December they are busy with Christmas chores, trying to catch up as best you can to prepare for the New year. Markets and fairs held on new year’s eve are evidence of the holiday hustle and bustle. protection of commercial information of Bird colonies called “the tories-but ichi” arranged since the eighteenth century. Especially attractive to them was a rake – Canada that act as good luck charm. No less popular since the nineteenth century, and is Fair “Tosi is but iti”, Continue reading

AMAZING JAPAN: gifts for Japanese New Year

What to give to Japanese for the New Year

In Japan it is impossible to give for the New Year

(these were my first ideas, which were immediately rejected):

You can not give the rake – the ritual wreath that hung on the front door of every Japanese home.

Japanese rake

Many Japanese told me that they have no tradition to give presents for the New Year. Well, you can give something without a specific topic, but not necessarily. Simvolicheskie gifts some in Japan give employees, neighbors, relatives. See photos from new year’s Japanese stores, what the Japanese give gifts for the New year .

And yet I found a solution.

Before the New Year, every Japanese home on the table or tokonoma put special ritual food – Kagami mochi (sounds like `urine`) for happiness and a harvest year. Made from special mochi sticky rice and sold in any supermarket, the store is `100 yen`, of course these factory mass consumption products not fit for gift. But if you make the mochi themselves (which is pretty hard) – it will be a perfectly acceptable gift for the Japanese.

Also in Japan there are many shops producing mochi in the old style, manually. They are not cheap, and if you have a fairly close relationship to the family, where you want to make Continue reading