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“Tanabata” (Star Festival)

A Yearly Rendezvous Tanabata, or the star festival, is observed on July 7. As the date approaches, long, narrow strips of colorful paper known as tanzaku, vibrant ornaments, and other decorations are hung from bamboo branches, enlivening the decor of homes as well as brightening shopping arcades, train stations, and other public spaces. Before they are hung, tanzaku are inscribed with a wish, such as a child’s dream of becoming a famous soccer player or a parent’s hope for career success. A child places tanabata decorations on a bamboo branch. Tanabata is one of...
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Akutagava Ryunoske :”Art and about other things.”

Akutagava Ryunoske :”Art and about...

First and foremost the artist must seek perfection of his works. Otherwise, his serving of the art will become meaningless. Let’s take for example the concussion, which the ideas of humanism provoke: if only you seek it, you can achieve it by merely listening to an ordinary sermon. As we all serve the art, first of all our works must strike by their artistic nature. We don’t have any other way but to achieve their perfection. * * * “Art for art” -take another step and you’ll fall into transforming art into entertainment. “Art for the sake of life”–take...
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16 Wise Japanese Expressions, which can become the Source of your Slogans in 2016

16 Wise Japanese Expressions, which can ...

Sometimes you have the impression that the happiest people and people, who are satisfied with life, live in the Country of the Rising Sun. And the thing is that the culture of Japan differs from the cultures of other nations very much. From the ancient times, the Japanese know the secrets of spiritual health and harmonious existence. By reading these expressions, you will see how unique the wisdom of the Japanese nation is. Here are wise expressions of the Japanese: 1. Make a decision by means of thinking. And when you have already decided don’t think any more. 2....
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How to Celebrate the Japanese New Year

The New Year superstitions are characteristic for almost all countries. In this sense, Japan is not an exception. In Japan in New Year, you should manage to pay all your debts. Like many other countries in Japan, they also put in order their houses and prepare New Year dinner. It is a pleasure to celebrate O-syogatsu, the Japanese New Year, together with the family. In Japan, on New Year Eve the bells ring for 108 times. It is considered that there exist six human shortcomings: greediness, stupidity, jealousy, anger, light-mindedness and hesitancy. Each of them has 18...
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Glance to Japanese Culture

The material was prepared by ANI MAGUMYAN IKEBANA Everything is special in Japan: people, writing, nature, culture, philosophy. Speaking about Japan we cannot touch upon its culture, science, religion, philosophy, writing, samurais, national clothing (kimono), cuisine, each of which is characteristic and occupies an important place in this country. The Japanese writing is a system of writing consisting of hieroglyphs. It consists of hieroglyphs and two alphabets: hiragana and katakana. There is also the romaji version. This is the usage of the Latin alphabet for writing...
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芸者

芸者

The material was prepared by ANI MAGUMYAN Throughout the history, the Japanese have maintained and handed down from generation to generation all the beautiful and typical values, which are important and characteristic of their nation and history. Every time touching upon this or that sphere of the Japanese culture we are convinced that, the true maintenance of the beauty depends on the nation. This time we will refer to geishas, which is not only interesting but it is also teaching because by hearing the word geisha many people associate it with another...
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スイカ割り

Suikawari (スイカ割り suika-wari, lit. Watermelon Splitting) is a traditional Japanese game that involves splitting a watermelon with a stick while blindfolded. Played in the summertime, suikawari is most often seen at beaches, but also occurs at festivals, picnics, and other summer events. Suikawari being played on a beach in Japan. The rules are similar to piñata. A watermelon is laid out, and participants one by one attempt to smash it open. Each is blindfolded, spun around three times, and handed a wooden stick, or bokken, to strike with. The first to...
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北日本からこけし人形

北日本からこけし人形

Kokeshi dolls are a traditional doll from northern Japan, usually made with a simple trunk for a body and an enlarged head. Decorated with bright colors, they are exchanged as tokens of friendship. Check out this beautiful video of the making of a kokeshi doll in the Naruko style! the material is taken...
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日本のエンターテインメント

The Japanese entertainment industry is one of the world’s largest and most innovative, and despite the culture and language barrier, various forms of Japanese entertainment have become internationally popular. Karaoke Singing to the instrumental version of songs. Manga and Anime About Japanese comics and animation. Movies About the Japanese cinema. Amusement Parks About amusement and theme parks in Japan. Pachinko A mixture between pinball and slot machine. Hot Springs About hot springs (onsen). Department stores About Japanese department...
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日本のエチケット

Correct manners are very important among the Japanese. Also as a foreigner in Japan you should be familiar with at least the most basic rules: Inside the house How to behave in a Japanese home. Visiting shrines and temples How to behave at shrines and temples. Taking a bath How to take a bath in Japan. Japanese toilets How to use toilets in Japan. Table manners Basic rules of Japanese table manners. Chopsticks How to use Japanese chopsticks. Dining out How to dine at a restaurant in Japan. Sitting techniques How to sit properly in Japan. Greeting About...
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日本の工芸と芸術

Architecture About traditional and modern Japanese architecture. Bonsai About the art of cultivating miniature trees. Bunraku About traditional Japanese puppet theater. Calligraphy About the art of writing beautifully. Contemporary Art A list of sites to see contemporary art. Cormorant Fishing A traiditonal fishing method using cormorants. Dolls About various types of Japanese dolls. Gardens About Japanese gardens. Geisha About entertainers performing traditional Japanese arts. Ikebana About Japanese flower arrangement. Kabuki About traditional...
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日本の宗教

Shinto and Buddhism are Japan’s two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century. Since then, the two religions have been co-existing relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree. Most Japanese consider themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both. Religion does not play a big role in the everyday life of most Japanese people today. The average person typically follows the religious rituals at ceremonies like birth, weddings and funerals, may visit...
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日本の寺院

日本の寺院

Temples are the places of worship in Japanese Buddhism. Virtually every Japanese municipality has at least one temple, while large cultural centers like Kyoto have several thousands.Temples store and display sacred Buddhist objects. Some temples used to be monasteries, and some still function as such. Structures typically found at Japanese temples are: Main hall The sacred objects of worship, such as statues, are displayed in the main hall. Main halls are called kondo, hondo, butsuden, amidado or hatto in Japanese. Example: Main hall...
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日本の神社

日本の神社

Shinto shrines are places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, the Shinto “gods”. Sacred objects of worship that represent the kami are stored in the innermost chamber of the shrine where they cannot be seen by anybody. People visit shrines in order to pay respect to the kami or to pray for good fortune. Shrines are also visited during special events such as New Year, setsubun, shichigosan and other festivals. New born babies are traditionally brought to a shrine a few weeks after birth, and many couples hold their wedding ceremonies there. The...
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日本の城

日本の城

History of Castles Fortresses have been built in Japan since early times. A particular need for castles arouse in the 15th century after the central government’s authority had weakened and Japan had fallen into the chaotic era of warring states (sengoku jidai). During that era, Japan consisted of dozens of small independent states which fought each other and built small castles on top of mountains for defense purposes. When Oda Nobunaga reestablished a central authority over Japan in the second half of the 16th century, and his successor Toyotomi...
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10 Reasons Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat

10 Reasons Japanese Women Don’t Get Old ...

“A good, functional and healthy body is the ultimate fashion statement.” Kiyokazu Washida, fashion critic Recently I came upon a small, but informative book by Naomi Moriyama entitled, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat. Intrigued and a bit skeptical, although I follow a very similar style of diet, I found some delicious recipes to add to my daily repertoire of meals and gleaned some useful tidbits of information. Such as, for the past 25 years Japanese women have held the world record for living the longest, 86.4 years. Not just the women, Japanese men have the...
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日本の花

Seasons are a main theme in the Japanese culture. Flowers are like mirrors to the seasons, reflecting the passage of time. Fittingly, flower viewing is a very popular activity in Japan as most prominently seen in the annual festivities surrounding the cherry blossoms, but not limited to them.The following chart shows the approximate blooming periods for some of the most popular flowers in Japan. One point to note is that because Japan extends north to south for some 3500 kilometers, a particular flower species might blossom at differing times across regions with varying...
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日本のフェイシャルマッサージ...

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日本のファッションとデザイン

日本のファッションとデザイン...

Japan has already had its significant role on the map of Fashion World. Japanese designers are shining on the best fashion stages of the planet. Accordingly, worldwide designers are also inspired in creating traditional Japanese costumes and accessories. For real stylish people, Tokyo, of course, is a city of dreams. In Tokyo there are the best boutiques of worldwide brands as well as the shops of the local designers. They suggest the most actual clothes, shoes and accessories here in Tokyo. The tourists pay much attention to young people in «Kawaii» style. It seems...