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What to bring from Japan

 

Japan — the amazing Oriental country, notable for its unusual culture and flavor. Every tourist who visited this corner of the world, surely have much to suffer, thinking about what to bring as a gift to friends and family. Indeed, in Japan, so many interesting to choose something specific among an unprecedented variety of Souvenirs can be very tricky.

Common gifts

People who are fortunate enough to be in the land of the rising sun, try to enjoy shopping, buying various items for themselves and gifts for loved ones. Most often tourists buy:

electronics;

clothes;

cosmetics;

tableware and ceramics;

food;

various national Souvenirs.

In Japan, a developed system of shopping centres, so in order to purchase everything you need, it is not necessary to go to a special store. Clothes, food, and Souvenirs can be bought in one place.

If you’re in the Japanese capital Tokyo, you can see there are whole shopping districts, many of which are shops of a certain topic. For example, expensive clothes of famous brands that you can buy on the street in Ginza. In the Tokyo district of Akihabara is a huge number of stores and Commission, selling a variety of electronics. The center of youth life of the capital of Japan is Shibuya. Here are fashion clothing and accessories, as well as clubs, bars and cinemas.

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Wedding traditions of Japan

«Nihon koku” – 日本国 – literally means “the birthplace of the Sun”. Mysterious Eastern country with the romantic name “the land of the rising sun” is now one of the most economically developed countries in the world. Japanese culture is one of very ancient. First signs of colonization of the Japanese archipelago appeared about 40 thousand years before our era. In the 3rd century of our era, the most powerful Principality of Japan was a land ruled by a woman. Until the 12th century of our era, traditional marriages were polygamous. Men had several wives. They lived in different houses, he visited them and lived with each for several weeks. But since then the tradition has changed, every Japanese is, by law, can only have one wife.

• In the middle ages marriage was allowed to create military or economic coalition between families. To search for a suitable candidate for groom hired a special SWAT – nakodo. Responsible for a dysfunctional marriage too carried nakodo.

• In the Edo period marriages could be concluded even without the presence of bride and groom.

• Decision of marriage taken by the parents of the bride and groom until the mid 20th century.

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March 3

Five days before international women’s day in Japan as a warm-up celebrating the holiday girls. Generally March in Japan is traditionally considered to be women’s month.

And today, March 3rd, celebrate the Holiday girls, who affectionately called Hina Matsuri – holiday of Hina dolls or Momo-but the secca (Momo-no Sekku — the feast of the peach blossom. By the way, and we have many girls call themselves “peaches” – and in General, and in particular.

In ancient times girls Holiday celebrated on the third day of the third month just as a seasonal event. At this time, the peasants were relatively free from agricultural work and could enjoy the first warm days, when you started flowering peach trees.

On this day in noble families were invited exorcists who have made special prayer services, aimed at all the troubles people have switched to paper dolls, which were then taken to swim in the river or sea. These dolls were called “nagashi-Bina”, which means – you’ll be surprised, get ready, friends, to the surprise – “dolls, lowered for the river.”

And remember the famous Japanese tradition of origami: make funny these cranes of paper, and it is believed that the one who will Continue reading

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