Countries all over the world develop their own patterns and small objects to ward off ill luck and evil based on their own cultures. This time in part 4, MdJ will summarize and introduce to you traditional Japanese patterns with effect of warding off ill luck and evil in Japan!
One of the five seasonal festivals. Originally an unlucky day in China, due to the pair of odd numbers in its date, where irises and mugwort were used to ward off evil and venomous insects from homes.
The Edo Period saw the word for the iris "shoubu" become a homophone for "warlike spirit", so it became customary to decorate helmets, armor, warbanners and streamers with irises in hopes of success in battle. Originally meant to bring continued success of the children of samurai warriors, it has survived to this day as a boys' festival.
Japan has started a new era with changing her reign title to "Reiwa", but it is so exaggerated to say so, because in fact, our life has not changed too much. However, due to the accession of the new Mikado, there will be a big change, that is, the Golden Week of this year, a 10-day consecutive holiday. This time, I'd like to introduce to you this special Golden Week!
Last month, I present to you the article about the Japanese graduation ceremony. When the graduation ceremony ends, the following will be entrance ceremony. To my surprise, I heard it is only in Japan that graduation ceremony and the entrance ceremony are held in spring, and in most countries, such events will be held in the fall.
Japan Culture Project by Manga Design:
Japan Culture Project by Manga Design is about the Japanese cultural art that roots matsuri festivals, washoku, traditional techniques and fashion in daily life. It is visualized by the Japanese original technique of expression–MANGA DESIGN and published via websites and exhibitions at home and abroad. It is a cultural creative promotion project aimed at promoting public interests in Japanese culture. The project is also being carried out as a talent development project in arts and culture, with the collaboration of industry‐university‐government and the participation of students from the fine arts university as well.
Which season in your country is the graduation ceremony in? In Japan, traditionally March is the time for graduation ceremony and April is the season for entrance ceremony. Not only in schools, in this time more people will have inaugural activities and job changes, which is the season when the social environment around one changes the most.
I really want to go to Japan, but I can't speak Japanese and I'm a bit worried…Japanese has three kinds of writing characters: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji, which is so complicated…
This time MdJ collects some articles that you can learn the basics of Japanese for those who have these kinds of ideas!
In the article of February last year, we introduced one of the Setsubun events called Mamemaki (Eating beans to drive away the evil! ⇦paste article link here please). This time we will introduce another Setsubun event called Eho-maki.
Click here for instruction on how to fold paper cranes
This time the second part of origami series is about ""shuriken(dart)"", which is the must-have for ninja and very popular among children! At the end of this part you can find the video on how to fold, so please make sure to have a try!