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Japan

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Julia Slavcheva

on 13 December 2014

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Japan
the country of sunrise

Things you didn't know
about the samurai
1.Samurai Warriors Weren’t Just Men:
3.How They Tested New Swords:
5.Who are the ninjas:
gunpai
Who are the samurai and what do they do?
Head of state is the Emperor Akihito .He succeeded his father, Hirohito, in 1989. Under the 1947constitution, Japan's emperors have a purely ceremonial role.
Flag
Full name: Japan
Population: 126.9 million
Capital: Tokyo
Major language: Japanese.
Major religions: Shintoism and Buddhism (most Japanese follow both religions,although religion does not play a major everyday role in most Japanese lives, with frequent temple visits being more usually attributed to tourism). There is a Christian minority.
it is known as Hinomaru, "sun disc"the white part stands for peace and honesty, the red one for hardiness, bravery and strength
Japan
has the world's third-largest economy (main exports: vehicles, computer parts, chemicals, scientific instruments and watches)...
The term 'samurai' is used to refer to a class of highly skilled warriors of Japan, who fought fearlessly for their masters. They believed in dying honorably, rather than surrendering to defeat. If a samurai disgraced himself and his master, he was bound to commit 'seppuku', the ritual suicide. Initially, the samurais fought on foot or horseback, with long bows. As time passed, they started fighting with weapons, like a sword called katana.
The samurai are often known for their moral code, called bushido, that stressed the importance of loyalty to the samurai's lord, even to the point of offering up one's life to do the right thing.
Samurai trained with many weapons, but the sword held a special place in their practicing, fighting, and way of life. Training with wooden swords, an art known as kendo that is still practiced today, samurai honed their skills as well as learned the principles of strategy. Samurai were the onle ones who could carry swords, and they usally carried two, a long one, known as a katana, and a short companion sword, called a tanto.
In addition to just being warriors, samurai were known for their appreciation for writing and the fine arts. The ability with the brush was admired along with the skills with the sword. It was common to write poems, especially for certain occasions. The writings and paintings of Musashi Miyamoto are considered to be among the most famous works of that period.
The women in the Samurai Class played an important role. While the men were off to battle the women were in charge of protecting the homes and looking after the family. The women were also trained in martial arts . Sometimes the women would fight alongside the men in battle. One of the most famous female warriors was Tomoe Gozen.
The Samurai Warrior tested their new swords by hanging their be-headed victims from a tree and performing 16 unique cuts systematically on the body.
Most ninjas were just samurai warriors used for assassinations and spying missions. Many were also disgraced samurai.
Samurai practising with Gunpai
.
2.Samurai Warriors Used Incense:
Samurai Warriors, as a ritual before battle, would burn incense in their helmet so if they were be-headed during battle they would still smell sweet.
4.Samurai’s Named Their Swords:
The Samurai would give names to their swords as they believe in the sword lived their warrior spirit.
6.Some fierce warriors were Zen Buddhists:
Miyamoto Mushashi, probably the most famous of all samurai swordsmen and the author of 'The Book of Five Rings', spent his later years making Zen paintings such as this image of Bodhidharma, the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism
Food and drinks
National specialties :
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
copy paste branches if you need more....
TERIYAKI (marinated beef/chicken/fish seared on a hot plate)
TEMPURA (deep-fried seafood and vegetables)
SUSHI (slices of raw seafood placed on light and vinegary rice balls)
SASHIMI (slices of raw seafood dipped in soy sauce)
RAME, SOBA and UDON (varieties of noodles, which can be served hot or cold, in soups or dry)
National drinks (legal drinking age: 20):
GREEN TEA is extremely popular. The quality of the tea varies greatly from houjicha (a common brown-colored tea) to matcha (a bitter green tea used in tea ceremonies)
SAKE (rice wine served hot or cold)
SHOCHU (strong vodka-like spirit usually mixed with soft drinks to make cocktails)
tea ceremony
KARATE
, the art of self-defense, is taught at schools in Japan and has become a very popular sport since it was introduced into the country in 1922
KENDO, Japanese fencing, is practiced in numerous clubs and college halls.
KYUDO, Japanese archery, is one of the oldest martial arts.
YABUSAME, or archery on horseback, which was originally performed by courtiers or imperial guards in the seventh century, is today a Shinto rite for ensuring peace and good harvests.
Cultural
aspects:
Japanese drama, theatre and festivals:
among the traditional entertainments on offer is BUNRAKU, a unique form of puppet theater.
KABUKI, traditional Japanese drama forms, with participants attired in medieval costumes. The most fascinating and colourful of Japan’s religious festivals take place in Kyoto, the old imperial capital
Geishas:
they are women trained in a number of skills such as traditional Japanese dance, singing,playing instruments flower arrangement, wearing kimono,Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, conversation or alcohol serving manners to entertain people.
Manga ,Anime:
Manga is a Japanese word that means "comics" or"cartoons". It's been part of Japanese culture during centuries to tell stories using several images displayed in sequence.
CHERRY TREES:
Japanese SAKURA, or "cherry blossoms" come into bloom once a year during March/April for only two weeks! There are quite a few places in Japan that are famous only for their cherry trees. People also organize viewing parties that are called “HANAMI”.
PAINTINGS:
Japanese paintings are quite particular. Some subjects most dealt with are shiki-e (landscapes during the four seasons), meisho-e (views of famous places), monogatari-e (scenes from the life at the imperial court in Kyoto), rakuchurakugai-zu (views from Kyoto), kabuki-e (images from the kabuki theater)
Great wave off Kanagawa
by Hokusai
Sightseeing
mountains(Japan’s highest mountain is Mount Fuji),lakes,volcan crates, active volcanoes, jungle and rare wildlife,islands, beaches, coral reefs, whirlpools, gardens, whales and dolphins watching, sand-dunes, hot-sand saunas,caves, forests…
Natural parks and landscapes:
Monuments:
the Imperial Palace, Shinto and Buddhist temples, monasteries, shrines, geisha teahouses,medieval cities, forts and castles, samurai residences…
Matsumoto (samurai) Castle
Kasuga Shintoist shrine
Tokyo by night
Listed in the Guinness World Records as the world's largest indoor waterpark, the Ocean Dome opened in 1993 as part of the Sheraton Seagaia Resort. With a 10,000 head capacity, visitor numbers peaked at 1.25 million in 1995. The 300 x 100 meter dome featured a retractable roof with a ceiling that provided a perfect blue ‘sky’ when closed, but let in the real thing on sunny days. The air temperature was kept at a constant 30°C (85°F), and the water temperature at 28°C. It also had a flame-spitting volcano, hi-tech machinery that produced surf level waves and crushed white marble sand, almost identical to the real thing except that it didn’t stick to your body quite as much!
Ocean Dome
Interesting facts about Japan
There is at least one vending machine on every corner. Vending machines in Japan sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, and other items.
A musk mellon in Japan can cost between 150 $ to 300 $
there is a "how to use" guide for toilets,and most of them have heated seats
The Japanese Writing System is divided into three types,
Hiragana,
Katakana

and
Kanji.

Hiragana
is used for native Japanese words, and
Katakana
is used for words borrowed from other languages.

Kanji
are Chinese characters used to simplify a word so you don’t have to spell it all out.
General information
Tian Yuan Temple
Samurai info
Japanese ceremonial
WRESTLING
,
SUMO
AND
JUDO
are Japan’s national sports.
Sport
The Crazy Comedy Style Of
Japan

Japanese have a long history of planned comedic genius. Much like martial arts, poetry, and pretty much all aspects of Japanese society. There are rules guidelines, and different methods used by Japanese comedians to get a laugh.
Manzai
Manzai is a team of two comedians, one is the straight-man (tsukkomi) and the other is funny-man (bokke).
They tell a story in rapid fire, while the bokke makes idiotic remarks, the tsukkomi rips him a new one for being such a buffoon. It’s filled with wordplay, innuendo and slapping each other on the head. It’s by far the most popular style of comedy in Japan.
Batsu games
.
Gaki no tsukai
.
The premise of each "No Laughing"-punishment game is that the losing members of the cast have to endure many compromising, absurd, generally ridiculous situations for a long period of time (up to 24-hours, thus far) but must refrain from laughing at any of them. Whenever someone does laugh the announcer of the game will declare that person as having just become "out" immediately afterwards, the appropriate number of "hang-men" will come out to mete the rule breaker's punishment. (To date, this has been executed via single strikes on the buttocks {or somewhere in that area} with a weapon .
Himeji Castle
Fin
Sayonara
Source:
Wikipedia,Netsuke,
giuseppepiva.com,
hubpages.com,Jay Noel blog,MusashiMiyamoto.com
Alexciousjapan.com,CNN.com,
Buzzle.com,listverse.com by Greg Arden
ddfitzgerald.weebly.com
and friends ^^
Kokyou palace
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