5 interesting Japanese customs
The main distinguishing feature of the Rising Sun is its ideology, the cornerstone of which is Shinto. According to the teachings of traditional Japanese religion, the world around us is filled with deities who densely inhabit every corner. The love rituals that distinguish Japanese culture, and inherent to the Shinto cult of contemplation, caused the appearance of beautiful and unique traditions and customs.
World globalization of recent years has not spared Japan, however, this amazing small country, total area of which is ten times smaller than any of the regions or States, as no other has managed to preserve its culture. Surely everyone has heard about the Japanese education, tea ceremony, ikebana, cherry blossoms, or hot sake, but some other interesting Japanese customs are often left overs.
1. The annual festival of crying children.
The Japanese believe that a crying baby contributes to the normal development of the child and ward off evil spirits. Interesting the way kids bring tears. On the dais in front of spectators leaving the wrestlers of traditional Japanese sumo wrestling, each of which receives one child. Victory goes to the wrestler that is able to cause his ward a very loud and shrill crying.
A curious festival Matsuri Hadak, for several centuries, held in Okayama Prefecture, received the name “naked festival”.The priests of the temple of Sidadi traded since ancient times amulets, which enjoyed great demand among people. Then an enterprising priests brought the custom during the celebration of the lunar New Year charms to scatter among the crowd that always collects at the foot of the temple. Modern amulet is decorated with a pair of chopsticks. New year’s eve at the temple thousands of men in loincloths some. At midnight the priests begin to throw into the crowd amulets. The struggle for the sacred gift turns serious — it is believed that whoever catches it, throw sticks for the whole year will be accompanied by unprecedented luck.
Despite the active penetration of European culture, in Shinto shrines still held the traditional wedding ceremony.They are no guests, only immediate relatives of the bride and groom. Young people dressed in kimonos; from thick white fabric of the bride. the groom it is decorated with the family coat of arms. The bride’s head is crowned with a high wig, which strengthened small horns. It is a symbol of jealousy, from prying eyes hidden by a special headscarf. During the ceremony the bride and groom three times change their attire.
Japan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. In Metropolitan areas, citizens often live in rented accommodation, and Pets are prohibited almost everywhere. In this regard, the country is popular for so-called “cat cafes”, where for a small fee and choose to freely play with any furry beauty. Because we all know that tactile contact with animals is perfectly heals and calms the nervous system. It is not surprising that the well-known Tamagotchi — electronic Pets for which to care through keystrokes, also a native of Japan.
5.Shoes for toilets
Japan is amazing in everything — the most ordinary daily activities elevated to the rank of rituals. For example, in Japanese homes there are special shoes for the visit. the toilet room. The ritual of table manners is the topic for a separate article.
Even the Japanese don’t shake hands, Pat on the shoulder, or otherwise invade personal space. The country does not tell jokes, although the opinion that the Japanese have no sense of humour, is wrong, it is just a few specific. Japan is a mystery and a mystery to us Europeans, but still the art of creating rituals and customs of its people can only learn from.