Japanese and Chinese Traditions
The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a cultural tradition that originated in China. The tea was considered medicine that promoted physical and spiritual health and was consumed for enjoyment purposes primarily. The spiritual aspect involves harmony between the persons participating in the ceremony, respect for those involved in the ceremony, and purity. These three aspects bring tranquility to those who participate in the Japanese Theater : Noh & Kabuki Drama Noh drama is rigidly traditional Japanese drama which in it's present form dates back to the early 14th century. Noh plays are short dramas combining music, dance, and lyrics, with a highly stylized ritualistic presentation. Kabuki drama combined.
The Japanese New Year Celebration (January 1-15)
In Japan, the celebration of the New Year is the most significant and important holiday. During this time they begin the New Year with a clean slate, spend time with family and friends and prepare for the events of the New Year. After the cleaning, houses are decorated with straw ropes and pine bough that is Kimono and Yukata are traditional Japanese clothing. Kimono are made of silk and are usually very expensive. Nowadays they are worn at formal or traditional occasions such as funerals, weddings or tea ceremonies. Only rarely kimono can still be seen in everyday life.
Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto gods. Many rituals with religious background.
Most houses in Japan have tatami mats. Tatami were originally a luxury item for the nobility. During the Heian period, when the shinden-zukuri architectural style of aristocratic residences was consummated, the flooring of shinden-zukuri palatial rooms were mainly wooden, and tatami were only used as seating for the highest aristocrats It is said that prior to the mid-16th century, the ruling nobility...
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