Japan Map Traveling
People & Culture
Japan Map Traveling.. For many people, the mention of Japanese culture contours up images of kimono-clad ladies demurely pouring cups of tea in tranquil cherry-blossomed temples and weird masks and extravagantly made-up actors twirling red umbrellas on a stage. Today you can still experience all of this, you just need to know where to find it.
The traditional arts of Japan offer an opportunity find inner calm or to experience something truly exotic, many foreigners come to Japan each year to enlighten themselves through their study of the ancient ways. For the serious practitioner, solemn awareness of the history and intimate knowledge of the past-masters of your chosen form of expression are essential if you wish to practice at the highest level. For the rest of us, just a nibble at this great banquet of culture will be more than enough as the ancient ‘ways’ are very often not for the faint of heart.
The Japanese do know how have fun, and let their hair down as well. You might be surprised by just how wild a Japanese festival can become! Fertility festivals, fire festivals, snow festivals, – you name it, Japan has it. When it comes to food, the Japanese are as passionate as any other group of food lovers on the planet – the changing seasons bring new delicacies and an excuse to travel the length of the country to sample local dishes. Spring brings the cherry blossoms – symbol of life’s all-too-brief span and a good excuse to get drunk and dance around in a cemetery! Autumn’s spectacular changing leaves and the beauty of summer fireworks can also be breath taking.
The Japanese kimono, which literally means “clothing”, is one of the world’s instantly recognizable traditional garments. Thanks to the popularity of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in the West at the beginning of the last century, the kimono-clad maiden became one of the quintessential images of Japan. There are different types of kimono for different occasions and seasons, including those worn by men.
Kimono are a much less common sight these days and are usually only seen worn by older women or on special occasions. Part of the reason is the cost, as a decent silk kimono will set you back the best part of a million yen. But there is also the question of how to put on the kimono and tie the obi (decorative sash), a complicated procedure that is beyond the ability of many young women. They usually have to ask their mothers to help them or take course at a kimono school.
Customary Japanese footwear is not witnessed a lot recently as it is only worn with other traditional clothing. Zori are sandals made from rice straw or lacquered wood and they are used with a kimono for official events.
Geta are wooden clogs that are worn with the casual l yukata. Geta are mostly noticed these days on the feet of sumo players. They are most likely hearted before seeing them as they make a unique snaping noise as the wearer walks. That is mentioned as one of the sounds that older Japanese miss most in modern life.
It could be noticed that buddhist monk wearing the waraji, sandals made of straw rope which were in the past the standard footwear of the common people.
The three designs freely allow circulation of air around the feet, a feature that probably came about because of Japan’s humid climate.