Traditions of Japan


Tradition Japan the Precepts of their ancestors for Japanese it’s all: tea and the wedding ceremony has not changed over the past century, the same way kimono is worn by some representatives of the older generation as casual wear.

To celebrate the holidays added a few new “red calendar days”, but the total mass of the composition of holidays have not changed.

Minka: traditional Japanese house, minka (minka;

literally “house (-) people”) is a traditional Japanese house.

In the context of the Japanese division of society into classes were a Japanese minka dwellings of farmers, artisans and merchants, i.e.

necesarilly part of the population.

But since the class division of society had disappeared, so the word “minka” can be called any traditional Japanese house of the same age.

Minka possess a wide range of styles and sizes of performance that is significantly associated with geographical and climatic conditions and the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the house.

But in principle, minka can be divided into two types: country home (NOC;

nōka, 農農 ) and town houses (machiya-style townhouse;


“Junzi”: true, Junshi suicide (junshi, 農農 ) is sometimes translated as “murder for loyalty” and is a subspecies of traditional Japanese suicide seppuku.

The word “junzi” now denote the case when the vassal chose to leave behind as dead or murdered master, but the original junsi as such was done only if a master was killed in battle, or hired killers, i.e.

natural death from old age or long illness originally was not a reason to commit suicide vassal.

This practice is described in Chinese Chronicles, created in the VII century and describing the “Yamato people”.

According to “Vaji” (“Weizhi”, “Chronicles of Wei”), in the year 646 decree prohibiting junsi, but of course suicides happen for many centuries.

The Japanese greet each other by bowing.

Bows can be simple with a nod and deep bow.

It all depends on the social status of the person You greet.

For example, if you have to welcome some important boss, to make Your bow was a little deeper and lasted a little longer.

Usually most foreigners are limited to a slight inclination of the head, and the vast majority of Japanese do not expect foreigners detailed knowledge of the rules of etiquette, concerning bows, therefore, not particularly hurting their ego, just nod your head.

The bow is also a way to thank and apologize.

Handshakes are not taken.

Do not put the first to shake your hand.

Of course, you can shake the hand, if the Japanese wish to greet You in the usual way.

Shoes In Ueno Park for the blossom festival in Tokyo thousands of people gathered under the trees of cherry blossoms.

Place on the lawns under the trees were doing in advance.

Firms, families, students, schoolchildren — all of these people enjoyed the moment.

But, even sitting on razdelennyh the packs and litter on the ground — shoes are removed.

Don’t step on tatami in any footwear at all, even in Slippers.

This is the toughest rule of all.

With all their tolerance of the oddities of foreigners, the Japanese will not make exceptions for you.

Do not pass in a Japanese house in shoes.

Street shoes are removed at the entrance.

However, our compatriots are not weird — we do the same — but Americans and Europeans to this may be difficult to adapt.

Inferior there? In the subway, bus and commuter train nobody and nobody gives a place — regardless of age and gender.

Even if the car will include grandmother, barely arranging the legs, no one, of course, not going anywhere.

If You out of pity still giving place, it’s quite possible to get into the comic situation when the grandmother, her hands working desperately, pushing away and passengers, will come after You and thank, thank and thank me, like You did for her something out of the ordinary.

So if you take the place of Japanese in the bus or subway, you sit yourself, whatever it is, whatever ancient old men surrounded you.

Just make sure not to take a handicapped spot who is in the subway cars.

At these places you shouldn’t land anyone except the elderly and people with disabilities.

To determine the handicap spot by a special icon over the seat.

And the toilet Slippers don’t forget that in the toilet go special Slippers.

These Slippers are by the door to the bathroom, you take off there Slippers in which to walk in the house and wear Slippers, which go to the toilet.

There they are removed, leaving the toilet.

Do not forget to take them off! Otherwise for you though the difference won’t be noticeable — by the Japanese in front of others you will appear in the role of a very silly caricature of a foreigner.

To scold you, really, no one will, but to have fun at your expense from the heart.

The Japanese passion for cleanliness and sterility are known worldwide.

However, the cult of cleanliness in public toilets took such shape that in modern Japan, each toilet is more like a masterpiece of architecture and design than the latrine.

Everything is convenient, completely, thoughtfully and free.

Booths full of electronic devices that minimize the contact of body parts with other devices.

Since the mid 80-ies in the country even has a national toilet Association, whose main goal is to make the bathroom a place “comfortable for all”.

One way to achieve this is to convince people to remove their shoes and wear special Slippers.

Just as everyone in Japan is doing home.

Indeed, today in front of the entrance to many public toilets in Japan exhibited special Slippers with the logo “WC”.

Handkerchief don’t use a handkerchief.

The Japanese use thin paper napkins, paper napkins, I advise you to do and, moreover, that these paper napkins are handing out totally free at each intersection.

Chopsticks don’t stick chopsticks in your food, do not use them to push the plate, do not give anything “sticks out in the sticks”, and in General, two people should not be touched at the same time sticks to the same piece.

These rules must be followed strictly.

In addition, these action — bad form, and bad luck (actually, that’s why they became bad form).

For example, “of the sticks in the sticks” pass the food at the funeral.

Another note: Japanese cuisine is often not just food, but little works of art, so treat them accordingly.

You should not mix food with chopsticks and pour everything in soy sauce.

It’s not the most horrible crime against etiquette.

Do not touch the hands of the Japanese! Do not touch the hands of the Japanese! Do not try to hug when meeting, do not slam them on the shoulder, do not touch them.

The only allowed physical contact — a handshake, and it is better to wait until the Japanese himself will give you a hand.

Otherwise, stick to bows.

The Japanese communicate with each other at a distance.

Of course, this does not apply to family members or couples, but until then, until you have tied so tight

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