Japan - Country of Cherry Blossoms
Japan is an island nation in East Asia and the Western Pacific. The
country's name means "rising sun,” and is also known as a country of
cherry blossoms, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Covering an area of
780,000 square km, Japan has a population of 1.2756 million, mainly
ethic Japanese. Many residents believe in Shinto and Buddhism. The
language is Japanese, and the currency is the yen. The capital of
Japan is Tokyo.
In the mid-4th century AD, Japan appears as a unified country. In
the early fifth century, Japan reached its peak. Taika Reforms,
launched in the year 645, established the emperor as absolute
monarch, creating a centralized feudal state system. By the end of
the twelfth century, the warrior class became the real power of the
military feudal state, known to history as the "Shogun" period. In
1868, innovators implemented the "Meiji Restoration," abolishing the
feudal clan system and establishing a unified centralized state to
restore the supremacy of the rule of the emperor, the development of
capitalism, and gradually followed a road of aggression and
expansion. Japan was defeated in World War II and, on August 15,
1945, announced its unconditional surrender.
The Japanese flag is white, with a red circle. White symbolizes
purity, while the red is a symbol of good faith. The sun flag comes
from the Legend of the Sun God in Japan, by which the emperor is the
son of Apollo.
The Kimono is modeled on the costumes of the Chinese Tang Dynasty,
converted into a traditional Japanese costume, of which the main
types are "black left sleeve," "color left sleeve," "LO sleeve," and
the "vibrating sleeve," "Access sleeves" and other types.
Japanese kimonos have different styles, affordable shades, and more
complex patterns. For women, for example, the kimono should be tied
with a "small band" and "pocket pack" and women should be barefoot
or wear socks indoors, wearing grass shoes or clogs outside, but
women also must comb their hair corresponding to their dress, and
behavior must follow certain rules . Women walk closer to the legs,
with feet walking in a straight line, the body slightly forward, her
hands between the waist.
Economic and Cultural Customs
Japan's economy is second only to the United States, With highly
developed industry including steel, automobiles, shipbuilding,
electronics, chemical and textiles. Japan is a major exporter. After
80 years of the 20th century, the Japanese made efforts to develop
the electronics industry, among other high value-added and
knowledge-intensive industries. Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi, Panasonic
and other consumer electronics companies, Nikon, Canon and other
optical companies have become synonymous with high quality and are
marketed around the world. Japan is resource-poor but
labor-intensive, thus requiring the import of raw materials and the
export of manufactured goods in an export-oriented economic
Mostly, when meeting the Japanese, bow, as the ceremony that most
people see involves a bow of 30 ° to 45 °. Japanese are very
particular about sitting at home and still maintain"tatami" habits
and traditions. The correct method is to sit knees close together,
hips pressing into the heels. However, do not use the "tatami" young
people have gradually adopted.
Japanese tea ceremony
From China, and later developed into a beautiful custom of
hospitality, "respect, quiet, lonely" is the tea ceremony at the
highest level. Now the Japanese tea ceremony involves nearly 10
million people, with many schools; the most representative flow is
still 1000, "3000." In the Japanese tea ceremony, every detail has a
strict protocol, with tea inside the charcoal and a ceramic tea
kettle, with very fine and elegant tea bowls and utensils.
Sumo is one of the most unique sports, revered as Japan's "national
sport." Two competitors of round diameter 4.55 m, dressed in
"T-shaped underwear," wrestle with the rival party until either
falling out of bounds or winning.
As for the height and body fat of Sumo wrestlers, most weigh 150
kg and are 110. Sumo wrestlers are divided into levels, of which the
maximum segment is Yokozuna, professional sumo wrestlers, twelve
higher than "the ability of soil.". Sumo in Japan is an elegant
business, and good wrestlers are treated as stars and favorites by
the Japanese people. Japan's national sport, sumo, represents a
strong, competitive spirit and personality.
Mount Fuji is one of Japan's many volcanoes and, at elevation 3776
m, is the highest peak in Japan. A unique cone-shaped mountain from
afar, just like the one hanging upside down in the fan, the Japanese
have the highest respect for the supremacy of this "sacred
Mount Fuji stands, rich and aloof, on the eastern part of Honshu
Island, above the broad, level plain, the mountain big with
harmonious symmetry and near-perfect lines. The glistening white
peak, bright sun, blue sky, and cherry blossoms have become symbols
Mount Fuji is cyclically active. The earliest recorded eruption
occurred in AD 800, while the most recent eruption was in 1707, but,
according to scientists who analyzed the volcano, Fuji's activity
has a history of tens of thousands of years. According to
statistics, 80 million tourists visit Mount Fuji every year.
Japanese Cherry Blossom
Sakura, or the cherry blossom, is the national flower of Japan, and
there are a total of more than 340 kinds of different types. The
most common are mountain cherry, Yoshino cherry, and double cherry.
Yaezakura are the best to look at, also known as Peony cherry.
Cherry blossoms along Japan's longest road are located within a
quiet day plant in Hokkaido, "20 asked the Road," about 8 km long
with both sides planted with about 10,000 different types of cherry
blossoms. Certain varieties of cherry blossoms thrive under cold
weather conditions, due to different flowering times; a "cold Fei
Ying" has been heroically blooming in mid-January each year, while
the "last banner in" blooms in May. Time from mid-flowering until
full flowering is generally 7 to 10 days. The pink , yellow, red and
white cherries blossom each year from 15 March to 15 April, is the
time of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan.