Depictions of dragons are used throughout the Japanese culture as symbols of strength, courage and magic. Unlike the dragons found in Western mythology, Asian dragons don't have wings but most can fly. Asian dragons can fly due to a knot on top of its head called Chi'ihmuh which magically enables it to fly. Some dragons can also live underneath the water and were believed to reside in large bodies of water such as lakes and oceans.
The tea ceremony (sado: "the way of the tea") is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking tea. The custom has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism.Nowadays, the tea ceremony is a relatively popular hobby. Many Japanese, who are interested in their own culture, take tea ceremony lessons. Tea ceremonies are held in traditional Japanese rooms in cultural community centres or private houses.The ceremony itself consists of many rituals that have to be learned by heart. Almost each hand movement is prescribed. Basically, the tea is first prepared by the host, and then drunk by the guests. The tea is matchagreen tea made of powdered tea leaves.
Japanese currency has a history covering the period from the 8th century to the present. After the traditional usage of rice as currency medium, Japan's currency was characterized by an early adoption of currency systems and designs from mainland China, before developing into an original system of its own.
Japanese fans are made of paper on a bamboo frame, usually with a design painted on them. In addition to folding fans (ōgi), the non-bending fans (uchiwa) are popular and commonplace. The fan is primarily used for fanning oneself in hot weather.It was also used in the military as a way of sending signals on the field of battle, however fans were mainly used for social and court activities.In Japan, fans were variously used by warriors as a form of weapon, by actors and dancers for performances, and by children as a toy.
Since 11 March 2011, one can not talk about Japan, because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast of Japan. Ten percent of the worold’s active volcanoes are found in Japan which lies in a zone of extreme crustalinstability
THE LAND OF THE RAISING SUNLand of culture, traditions and superstitionsLand of crafters, and of working peopleLand of techonological advancementsBy: ladysearch
The early Japanese called their nation Nihon orNippon “The Land of the Rising Sun”. The chinesepronounced it “jihpen” and Marco Polo brought thepronunciation of Japan to Europe.The national flagof Japan is a whiterectangular flagwith a large red disk(representing thesun) in the center.This flag is officiallycalled Nisshōki(日章旗, “sun-markflag")in Japanese,but is morecommonly knownas Hinomaru(日の丸, "circle ofthe sun").
MAP OF JAPANJapan is a nation composed of over 1,000islands. Such a string of islands is called anarchipelago.The countryconsist of 4 majorislands and nearly4,000 smallerones, as they partof the “Ring ofFire” the largest,Honshu, is thefocal point forJapanesehistorical andculturaldevelopment.
The capital city is in Kyoto which quicklybecomes the cultural center of Japan aswell. Well situated in the Kanto Plain, itis a natural crossroads area.Tokyo ("Eastern Capital")東京 Tōkyō
Architecture in Tokyo has largely been shaped by Tokyoshistory. Twice in recent history has the metropolis been left inruins: first in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake and laterafter extensive fire bombing in world war II. Because of this,Tokyos urban landscape consists mainly of modern andcontemporary architecture, and older buildings arescarce. Tokyo features many internationally famous forms ofmodern architecture
HISTORY OF THE JAPANESETEA CEREMONY GREEN TEASen (煎茶) Green teaFriendship, good mannersand nature, which arethree things, that arehighly valued in JapanThe Japanese tea ceremony, alsocalled the Way of Tea, isa Japanese cultural activityinvolving the ceremonialpreparation and presentationof matcha. powdered green tea.In Japanese, it is called chanoyu (茶の湯) or sadō, chadō (茶道). Themanner in which it is performed, orthe art of its performance, iscalled otemae (お手前; お点前). ZenBuddhism was a primary influencein the development of the teaceremony
In Japanese tradition, architectural spacesdesigned to be used for tea ceremony (chanoyu)gatherings are known as chashitsu (茶室, literally "tearooms")CHANOYU=TEACEREMONY THE TEA ROOM
The tea room has a low ceiling and no furniture:the guests and host sit seiza-style on the floor.TEA ROOM TEA PRESENTATION
“Usually , the girls get together to celebrate with a cupof tea on that day”.Hinamatsuri Girl’s Day, March 3
Childrens Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi) isa Japanese national holiday which takes place annuallyon May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part ofthe Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respectchildrens personalities and to celebrate theirhappiness. It was designated a national holiday by theJapanese government in 1948.Kodomo no Hi Cildren’s day on May 5th
Manga (漫画) are comics created in Japan, orby Japanese creators in the Japanese language,conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late19th century. They have a long, complex pre-history inearlier Japanese art.Comics=Manga Cartoons
In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The mediumincludes works in a broad range of genres: action-adventure,romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy,science fiction and fantasy, mystery, suspense, detective,horror, sexuality, and business/commerce, amongothers. Since the 1950s, manga has steadily become a majorpart of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a 406billion market in Japan
Yen ¥ = is a currency money inJapanEarly: end of 7thcentury, copper To date
A hand-held fan is an implement used to induce an airflow forthe purpose of cooling or refreshing oneself. Any broad, flatsurface waved back-and-forth will create a small airflow andtherefore can be considered a rudimentary fan. But generally,purpose-made hand-held fans are shaped like a sector of acircle and made of a thin material (such as paper or feathers)mounted on slats which revolve around a pivot so that it canbe closed when not in use.
JAPANESE NATIONAL FLOWERCHERRY BLOSSOMSomei-YoshinoCherry blossom
Other than the purpose of providing shade, oil-paperumbrellas are also traditional essential wedding items.
With Japan’s economy on the cusp of a third recession since2008, and household incomes falling for the last three years,the country’s famously picky and brand-enamored shoppersare in a bargain-hunting mood.
The Japanese Automotive Industry is one of the mostprominent and largest industries in the world.The car Industry Their worldwide logos
EARTHQUEAKES AND TSUNAMIESGreat East Japan Earthquake (東日本大震災Higashi nihon daishinsaIt was the most powerfulknown earthquake ever to have hitJapan and the fifth most powerfulearthquake in the world since modernrecord-keeping began in 1900.
Historically, katana (刀) were one of the traditionallymade Japanese swords (日本刀 nihontō)that were worn bythe samurai class of feudal Japan, also commonly referred to as a"samurai sword".Modern versions of the katana are sometimesmade using non-traditional materials and methods.The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: acurved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squaredguard and long grip to accommodate two hands. It hashistorically been associated with the samurai of feudal Japan andhas become renowned for its sharpness and strength.
LEARNING JAPANESEGREETINGS Name of animales in Japan
Activity: hand out questions to work during the firstwork of the program. NAME: DATE: FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS Directions: Complete page 2 of this handout. Use the atlas in the back of your text or a regular atlas. Write “Japan” on the line west of the country. Outline the map of Japan with a black crayon. Locate and write the name of the body of water east of Japan. Locate and write the name of the body of water west of Japan. Place a yellow star where Tokyo is located and write its name. Write the name of the largest island across its center. Place a large red dot where the city of Yokohama is located and write its name to the right of the dot. Color the water blue. Color the mountainous areas of Japan brown. Draw and label the parallel line just south of Japan.