Tales Of Japan


1. Dreams come true

In high school I was reading books about Japan. Dream to visit this amazing country seemed sky-high, on a par with flying to the moon.

But years passed and now, I live in Japan!

I set a goal to marry and move to another country. Unfortunately, in my beloved Ukraine, I have lost hope to change things for the better in my life.

Sacking future husband was long and difficult. The truth was I didn’t want to leave for Japan. I was looking for someone who will be a father to my daughter, and I was a good husband.

There was a large correspondence with men from different countries. Hopes, disappointments, new hopes.

Letters from Japan, from my future husband, were special. It is always interesting to tell about yourself, about your family, send lots of photos. He often called us and cared for us with my daughter. I realized that this man really wants to marry me! But the final decision could be taken only after a personal meeting. And my daughter, at the invitation of the groom, flew to Japan.

Fuji welcomed us very well. Every day he showed us the sights of the Japanese. My daughter noticed that the first time, with delight and flood of impressions we exchanged with her one sentence. “look, Look! Wow. ”

A month later we got married and now I have a new family, new home and new life.

Dreams come true!

2. Myths Continue reading

The Tanabata festival of Japan


Since ancient times people were interested in the starry sky. This interest originated with its annual astronomy calendar, which was extremely important for agriculture, and astrology, with its myths, legends, and attempts to associate by joining together heaven, earth, of gods and men. Stars and constellations have received names, has found its own life, character, history. In honor of the most important gods arranged holidays to get them to continue an annual cycle, to preserve the order of the universe and to take the trouble.

During the Late Chinese Han dynasty (23 – 220 ad) emerged the legend of two lovers, the Weaver star and the Cowherd (the star VEGA in the constellation Lyra, Japanese Sokoji or Tanabata-TsUMe and Altair in the constellation Aquila, in Japanese Congo). Their love was so strong that they could not have issued, and MIGA in separation: Weaver gave up a loom, and the Shepherd left his flocks to. But, as their labors depended the heavenly life on earth, the people suffered untold misery. People cried to the gods and those he had compassion on them, dividing the lovers and allowing them to see each other only once a year.

This and other legends came to Japan from China in the VI-VII centuries, together with the rudiments Continue reading

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