Every state is looking for identity. And the state symbols – the flag of the country, its coat of arms, anthem, and some others, is the best way. Just look at football fans – if they are “sick” of the house, paint the face your team colors. But if abroad – the faces appear the colors of the flag of the country from which they came. We may be from different social groups to have completely different professions, preferences and beliefs – but it is the flag, emblem and anthem unite us and remind us of belonging to one nation. In addition, these main characters are expressed for the country values.
And, although we are accustomed to thinking of state symbols as a matter of course, formation of the full “package” of symbols in many countries happened not so long ago – in the 19th century. In Korea this process started already in the late 19th century – in 1882.
The first national symbol of this country was the flag “Thegucci” – the image of the Great Limit (the red and blue “swirl”) and four trigrams. My birth flag of Korea is obliged to Korean diplomat Pak Yong-Hyun, which has developed the sketch of the flag during a diplomatic mission to Japan. Standard flag came only in 1948, the newly founded Republic 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