General information on Japan

Japan is an island country, around the Eastern part of Asia. Japan consists of over 3,000 large and small Islands, the largest of which is – Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. The total area is km2 377.864. Being in a tectonically active area, the country is replete with natural hot springs, is subject to frequent volcanic eruptions, earthquakes. Sea and ocean lapping on all sides the country, form many natural bays and coves. Japan is divided into 8 regions (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, and

Kyushu-Okinawa) and 47 prefectures administrative units). Because of the great length from North to South (25″ latitude), climatic conditions in different regions of the country differ markedly from each other. So, more than half of the year, the temperature on the Northern island of Hokkaido does not rise above 10°C, and in Okinawa, more than half of the year is above 25″C. The main part of the countries located in the temperate zone with favorable climate and rich greens.

Seasons steadily replaced every three months: spring — March to may, summer from June to August, autumn from September to November and winter from December to February. Each season has its advantages, but the best for traveling are spring and autumn.

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Girls Holiday in Japan, Hinamatsuri

It’s great still to be born a girl. Adults treat her tenderly and gently. Grandparents indulge, forgiving those pranks that would never forgive the boy. The girl can be both weak and strong. The very nature allowed her to cry as much as she wants, and no it is not condemned. But the main advantage of the younger fairer sex is that they can play with dolls. So the boys can only envy.

All in the love of the girls went to Japan. In the land of the rising sun since ancient times there is a good and a good holiday. It is called&nbsp– girls Holiday . In Japanese, it sounds very beautiful&nbsp– Hinamatsuri .

It was considered the triumph official until the middle of the last century. Then he was expelled from the registry of public holidays. But the centuries-old tradition remains, and the Japanese continue to celebrate the Holiday girls annually. Have it on 3 March .

In those families where there are young girls organized a exhibition of elegantly dressed dolls. Make them out of wood, clay or paper. These dolls are created specially for the show. They are passed from one generation of women to another and are considered great family value.

To display them starting from the time when the family a girl is born. Always put the dolls in sequence. By taking the shelf with 7 steps are made of red cloth and set in plain Continue reading

Family traditions: Korea


For millennia, the hanbok is a traditional clothing of Koreans. The beauty and elegance of Korean culture is perfectly captured by the photos of Korean women dressed in hanbok. Before the advent in Korea clothes Western style about 100 years ago, hanbok was everyday clothing of Koreans. Men wore Chogori (jacket) and paji (pants), clothing the women were cohorns chima (skirt). Nowadays, the hanbok is worn only on solemn and celebratory days such as wedding day, Sollal (Lunar New year) or it’s thanksgiving (harvest Day).

Despite the recent changes, the traditional Confucian structure of social relations still largely determines the behavior of Koreans. Age and social position are of great importance. It is believed that the younger one standing or lower social position are obliged to follow the wishes of senior without objection. Therefore, in Korea, people often ask the age, marital status of a person in order to determine their position in relation to that person. These questions are asked not out of idle curiosity. However, you may not answer them if you don’t want.

The most common Korean surnames are: Kim (21 % of all Koreans), Lee (14%), Park (8%), Choi (or choe), Jeong, Jang, Han, lim, etc. a Korean name consists Continue reading