2014/12/31

The offerings rice cake

Japanese make the offerings rice cake(KagamiMochi) in New Year. Its shape is round like a mirror(kagami). After New Year, they breake hit the offerings rice cake with a mallet. And put breaked small rice cakes, make Zoni. This seasonal event is called "Kagami-biraki". Because cutting is taboo, doesn’t use a kitchen knife.



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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2014/08/25

Captain Tsubasa


Captain Tsubasa is a Japanese sports-themed manga created by Yōichi Takahashi about an Association football. The protagonist, Tsubasa Ozora is deeply in love with football and dreams of one day winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. 

Until the 80s, football was not popular in Japan. But after a start of Captain Tsubasa, football fans increased. The professional football began in 1993. And the Japanese national football team has competed the first time the FIFA World Cup in 1998. 

It has been very successful in various countries of the world. There are many famous football players such as Zidane who like this manga.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2014/05/26

Ninja


Ninja was a covert agent or mercenary between 12th–19th centuries (Kamakura– Edo period). Ninja received training for so-called ninjutsu techniques, accomplished a secret action. They wore dark blue or purple garb (shinobi shōzoku).

The Iga (modern Iga City, Mie Prefecture) and Kōga (modern Koka City, Shiga Prefecture) clans are the most famous ninja clans. Because there are many movies, novels and comics about ninja, ninja is famous in the world.



See also
*The theme parks associated with the Ninja
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture



2014/04/10

Cherry blossom viewing

Cherry blossom viewing called hanami has been a favorite annual event for the Japanese since ancient times.

In Japan, cherry trees are in full bloom from late March through to early April. Cherry blossom viewing is like an outdoor party under the cherry blossoms. People spread out a mat under the trees and enjoy drinking and eating while appreciating the beauty of the flowers. The popular viewing spots are crowded with people who appreciate blossoms during blossom season throughout the country.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2014/03/03

The Doll festival

The Doll festival is held on March 3rd. It is for wishing for and celebrating girls' growth and happiness. Most families with little girls display beautiful dolls in ancient court costumes called hina dolls at home. The hina dolls made in Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture is very famous.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2014/02/03

Setsubun


Setsubun is the name given to the eve of the first day of spring. In the modern calendar, it is on February 3.

On the day, in households across Japan, peoples throw roasted soybeans inside and outside the house while shouting “Demons out! Luck in! (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!)” And one parent puts on a oni mask to scare the kids. Kids throw beans at them to scare them away.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2014/01/03

Kimono

The kimono has been Japanese traditional garment worn by both men and women. There are different types of kimono for different occasions and seasons, for example yukata, hurisode, tomesode and hakama.

The furisode type of kimono is exclusively for unmarried women and the tomesode is for married women. The kimono is popular as an item of special attire at ceremonies, wedding, first visit to a shrine of the New Year and coming-of-age day. Women wearing kimono are very beautiful.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


2014/01/01

New Year monetary gift

New Year monetary gift called Otoshidama is a special monetary gift to children from their parents and relatives during the New Year holiday. The money is put in a small cute envelope and handed to children.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture


New Year dishes

New Year dishes called osechi is Japanese traditional dishes during the New Year holiday. The word osechi means “a feast for the New Year.” Housewives do not have to worry about cooking during the New Year holidays. Today we are able to buy osechi dishes in department stores and supermarkets.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture