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How it is accepted to celebrate the New year in Japan

New year in Japan is called O-segatsu . This is the most favorite and bright holiday and new year’s holidays, lasting from 28 December to 4 January, are days of rest for everyone. Stops at this time practically all of business life in the country. There were times when O-segatsu celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the late 19th century the Japanese started to celebrate this holiday according to the generally accepted Gregorian calendar.

Japan is a country rich in diverse, interesting customs and traditions. In celebration of the New year it is very noticeable. Preparing for the holiday before its occurrence. On the streets of Japanese cities are many Christmas fairs, selling everything from Souvenirs and clothing to ritual objects. For Example, Hamami. This blunt arrows with white feathers that protect the house from harm and evil forces. Or Takarabune. Are the ships with rice and other “treasures” on which are seated seven gods of fortune. Very popular talisman for good luck — Canada (translated as “bear’s paw”). It reminds made of a bamboo rake. This thing is supposed to “rake” happiness. With every purchase of the stores visitors are handed a gift in the traditional figure of the animal – symbol of the coming year.

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Unusual peace parks: the Park of love in Korea

In many countries of our planet there are great parks where you can enjoy beautiful flower arrangements or sculptures, wander through the shady alleys, take a ride on the carousel with the kids or just to throw on the lawn picnic for the whole family. But in South Korea there is a very unusual Park, which is not suitable for families with children, it can be visited only adults who have reached the age of majority, is a Park of love. He became piquant attraction of South Korea.

Another name of this Park, located on the Korean island of Jeju, the “Land of love”. Very romantic name! However, its exhibits tell about the lofty Platonic feelings, but on the spicy side of life: in the Park placed one hundred and fifty explicit erotic sculptures. Park love existed for ten years, during which he gained worldwide fame and became one of the main attractions of South Korea; it was visited by many tourists from all over the world, and in the local youth a popular. But age Koreans, brought up in old traditions, his sculptures are outraged and believe that love Park should be closed.

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ASIA minor, Architecture of Sumer and Akkad

SOUTHWEST ASIA

For three millennia (from the end of the 4th Millennium BC) in the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates (Mesopotamia), as well as in the coastal areas of the Mediterranean sea and the mountainous areas of the Central part of Asia Minor arose the centers of ancient culture – the early slaveholding States: Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Syro-Phoenicia, Assyria, the Hittite States, Urartu, and others.

West Asia can be called a kind of cradle of world civilization. Diverse peoples living in these States, as in contact with the Asian mainland and South East Asia, and Cretan-Mycenaean world.

In the art of southwest Asia have developed the same kinds of art, and in Egypt: monumental architecture, round sculpture, relief, small plastic, jewelry art. But the unique environmental conditions determine whether features of the architecture of Mesopotamia: the erection of buildings on elevated locations, use of less durable material – mud brick, simple cubic volumes, etc., the Underdevelopment of the mortuary cult in Mesopotamia led to the lack of monumental sculpture. However, statues of deities and rulers significant. In the reliefs of Mesopotamia born topics related to victorious wars, acts of rulers. Continue reading

Unusual peace parks: the Park of love in Korea
In many countries of our planet there are great parks where you can enjoy beautiful flower arrangements or sculptures, wander through the shady alleys, take a ride on the carousel…

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National symbols of Japan
The origin of the name "Japan" dates back to the distant historical past. The great traveler Marco Polo territory, where the modern Japanese state, was called the "Zipan-th", and the…

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Awesome Asia
One of today's popular tourism destinations are traveling to countries in South-East Asia. Amazing Golden beaches, abundance of sun and beautiful scenery, a huge variety of unusual fruit and kitchen,…

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