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Obon in Japan

Obon in Japan: Tradition, Meaning and Celebrations

At the heart of Japanese culture lies a period imbued with spirituality and commemoration: the Obon. This annual celebration, also known as the “Day of the Dead”, is a time of reflection, religious rituals and family gatherings. This article delves into the heart of Obon in Japan, exploring its origins, cultural and religious significance, and …

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2 scolari giapponesi in abiti estivi

The Koromogae: change of uniform

Koromogae is an ancient Japanese ritual practice of changing seasonal clothes. It is usually performed twice a year, in spring and fall, to celebrate the start of each season. This practice is seen as a way to purify the soul and renew the mind in preparation for the upcoming seasonal changes. Koromogae is a highly respected ritual in Japan and is often associated with other spiritual and religious practices, such as

Commemoration of Japanese Emperor Hirohito

Showa Day

Showa Day, Shōwa no Hi (昭和の日) is a holiday celebrated in Japan on 29 April to commemorate the birthday of Emperor Hirohito, who ruled Japan from 1926 to 1989 as Emperor Showa. The holiday was established in 2007 as an official public holiday to honour Emperor Showa and his long and important contribution to Japanese …

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hanami celebration in Ueno park in Tokyo

Hanami (花見 / はなみ)

Hanami is a traditional Japanese custom, dating back to the Nara period, which consists of contemplating the beauty of flowers during their ephemeral flowering, mainly cherry blossoms – Sakura – but also apricot blossoms -Ume- (earlier ) and peach blossoms (later). Hanami is often seen as a time of renewal for the Japanese, a time …

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Japanese paper origami

Yoshizawa, the master of Origami

Akira Yoshizawa was a pioneer in the world of origami. His passion for this art, his technical innovations and his vision of origami as an art in itself have left a lasting mark in this community. His contribution to origami is still celebrated and appreciated today, more than 15 years after his death.

Hideyo Noguchi on the 1000 yen note

Hideyo Noguchi: the discoverer of the agent of syphilis

Hideyo Noguchi (野口 英世) was a Japanese physician and scientist born November 9, 1876. Noguchi is known for his contributions to syphilis research and also worked on yellow fever. Noguchi began his medical career in Japan, but soon joined the Rockefeller Institute for Tropical Medicine in New York in 1914. At that time, his work …

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