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5 typical features of Japan

Japan’s culture and traditional crafts are more puzzling and mysterious than the Japanese themselves realize. Not only do they often seem baffling to Westerners, but they are quite different from the cultures of China, India and the rest of Asia as well. Japanese culture is frequently said to be ambiguous and illogical, but perhaps that’s because it is a mix of logic and sensations that forms a complete whoze. Japan is a country where sensations become logical.

1.        Onsen

 Onsen are natural volcanic hot spring baths that are enjoyed for relaxation and health. Their water is believed to have healing powers derived from the mineral content. There are also onsen supposed to have magical powers such as improving your luck in love or business or exorcizing evil spirits.

It's no exaggeration to say that they are one of Japan's great national pastimes. Onsen are enjoyed as a way to connect with nature and people. Many Japanese firmly believe that onsen can bring friends, coworkers, couples and families closer together.

2.         Kimono/Hakama

Kimono are a type of traditional Japanese formal wear composed of silk robes, sashes and various accessories. They come in dozens of varieties each with different symbolic meanings and conventions. Kimono are an important part of Japanese ritual, ceremony and celebration. They're a common sight in any major Japanese city.

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Manga

  Manga are Japanese comic books. They are as much a part of daily life in Japan. It's common to see middle     aged business men openly reading manga. School kids, housewives, grandmas and grandpas also read them.

Manga span every topic imaginable. They cover as many genres as regular books. There are manga about crime, history, sci-fi, fantasy, sexuality, romance, sports, games, gambling, mystery, horror, business and fashion.

4.         Tea Ceremony

 The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about the pursuit of an aesthetic ideal in the humble act of preparing, serving and appreciating tea.

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Bento

Bento is the Japanese culture of lunch boxes. The custom of packing bento began in the 13th century with the popularity of outdoor parties to celebrate flowers blooming and moon phases. Bento became all the more common and are now considered an important format of Japanese cuisine and have several interesting variations such as Kyaraben, bento designed to look like pictures.

 

 

 

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