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.
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
The first month of spring in Japan can confidently be called the month of the girls. However, on 8 March – international women’s day in Japan is not celebrated, rather, is celebrated unofficially and only in big cities such as Tokyo or Osaka . The majority of the female population of Japan do not know about the existence of International women’s day. And yet March in Japan can be called women’s month, as it was in March in Japan marked two of women’s day: “Day girls” and ” White day “.
On March 3, Japan celebrates “girls Holiday” or ” doll Festival “, in Japanese called ” Hina-Matsuri “. In homes where there are girls, holiday exhibit of dolls (Hina skins), decorated with flowers of peach, cooked treats – colored diamond-shaped mochi (hishimochi), biscuits, sweet white sake. This holiday has other names: the “Feast of peaches” and ” girls Holiday “. Hina is a little paper doll. At the end of the eighth century in Japan was a popular children’s game “Hina” (the game in the household paper dolls), and there was a belief that the changing seasons have to ask the deities about the personal well-being, presenting him the treat. Was the custom to throw into the river paper or straw doll, rubbing her body. It was believed that Continue reading