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Japan Culture: Harajuku Girls

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Harajuku Girls

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Harajuku girls - Delle Harajuku girls (原宿ガール Harajuku gāru) ne abbiamo sentito parlare almeno una volta tutti, se non altro per le melodie di Gwen Stefani. La cantante infatti, nel 2004 riuscì a scalare le classifiche internazionali con le sue hit rendendo celebre in tutto il mondo questo stile d’abbigliamento. Nonostante fosse molto strano per un occhio occidentale, il gruppo divenne un forte successo creando un vero e proprio impero. A seguito di ciò, si sono sviluppati veri e propri marchi come Harajuku Lovers, ormai celebre in tutta l’America. Non dimentichiamo il recente KuKu Harajuku, cartone animato ispirato alla band e alla moda. Nonostante Gwen Stefani sia riuscita ad imporsi nel mercato occidentale con il suo brand, non ne è l’ideatrice. Questo particolare look vede la sua nascita già da qualche anno prima per le strade della mai noiosa Tokyo.

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Originatosi nella seconda metà degli anni novanta, il termine Harajuku (原宿 Harajuku, "alloggio nel prato") vede la sua nascita nell'omonima zona.
Shibuya, quartiere speciale di Tokyo dove è situata la stazione di Harajuku, è luogo noto per la creazione di nuove tendenze, mai banali ed estremamente in voga tra i giovani giapponesi. Questo è anche il quartiere con le più famose strade dedicate allo shopping. Le rinomate Omotesando e Takeshita, dedicate rispettivamente alle marche più note (Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton ecc) e allo stile giovanile ed alternativo. Quest’ultimo tende a mescolarsi con un intreccio di brand e stili, andando a creare qualcosa di sempre innovativo.

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L’Harajuku look fa parte della street fashion. Al suo interno è possibile trovare diversi sotto stili: gothic lolita, sweet lolita e decora per citarne solo alcuni. Nonostante essi vengano associati in prevalenza alle le ragazze in età adolescenziale, all’interno di questa cultura i ragazzi non ne sono esenti. Non è raro infatti trovare fra questi coloro che seguono uno stile più legato al punk giapponese.

Colori sgargianti, tessuti su diversi strati, Kimono tradizionali si mescolano con capi occidentali e accessori fuori dalle righe. Il tutto rende brillante il modo di imporsi in queste strade. Chi decide di seguire lo stile Harajuku, deve prepararsi alla costante corsa all’ultimo trend, poiché in Giappone tutto viene surclassato in un breve lasso di tempo.
È ammesso e concesso tutto nel look purché sia sempre un'espressione della propria individualità personale. Non c’è un modello preciso da seguire, non si deve essere la copia di qualcun altro. L'importante è esprimere il proprio modo di essere. Per questo motivo, più che una semplice moda diventa un vero e proprio stile di vita.

Photo credit: Tokyo FashionAmy in Wonderland

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Harajuku Girls

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Harajuku girls - We've heart about the Harajuku girls (原宿ガール Harajuku gāru) at least once, if not for Gwen Stefani's melodies. The singer in 2004 managed to climb the international charts with this hit making this clothing style famous all over the world. Although it was very strange to a westerner's eye, the group became a huge success creating a vast empire. As a result, real brands such as Harajuku Lovers were born and are now famous throughout America and the world. Let us not forget the recent KuKu Harajuku, cartoon inspired by the band and the fashion. Despite Gwen Stefani has managed to establish herself in the western market with this brand, she isn't the creator. This particular look sees its birth some years before on the streets of the never boring Tokyo.

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Originated in the second half of the nineties, the term Harajuku (Harajuku 原宿, "accommodation in the meadow") sees its birth in the homonymous area.
Shibuya, the special district of Tokyo where the Harajuku Station is situated, is a place known for the creation of new trends, never dull and extremely popular among the Japanese youth. This is also the district with the most famous shopping streets. The well know Omotesando and Takeshita, the first dedicated to the most famous brands (Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc.) and the second to the youthful and alternative style. The latter tends to mingle with different brands and styles, creating something more innovative.

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The Harajuku look is part of the street fashion. You can find different sub styles: gothic lolita, sweet lolita and decora to name a few. Although they are associated mainly with the girls in adolescence, within this culture the boys are not exempt. It is not rare to find among them those who follow a look more tied to the Japanese punk style.

Bright colours, layering, traditional Kimonos mingle with western clothes and accessories outside the lines. All of this makes brilliant ways to establish itself in these streets. Those who decide to follow the Harajuku style, must prepare for the race at the last constant trend, because in Japan everything is outclassed in a short amount of time.
It is admitted and granted everything in a look as long as it is always an expression of your own personal individuality. There is not a precise model to follow, it should not be a copy of someone else. The important thing is to express your way of being. For this reason, more than just a fashion this becomes a real lifestyle.

Photo credit: Tokyo Fashion; Amy in Wonderland

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Harajuku Girls

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

Harajuku girls - We've heart about the Harajuku girls (原宿ガール Harajuku gāru) at least once, if not for Gwen Stefani's melodies. The singer in 2004 managed to climb the international charts with this hit making this clothing style famous all over the world. Although it was very strange to a westerner's eye, the group became a huge success creating a vast empire. As a result, real brands such as Harajuku Lovers were born and are now famous throughout America and the world. Let us not forget the recent KuKu Harajuku, cartoon inspired by the band and the fashion. Despite Gwen Stefani has managed to establish herself in the western market with this brand, she isn't the creator. This particular look sees its birth some years before on the streets of the never boring Tokyo.

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

Originated in the second half of the nineties, the term Harajuku (Harajuku 原宿, "accommodation in the meadow") sees its birth in the homonymous area.
Shibuya, the special district of Tokyo where the Harajuku Station is situated, is a place known for the creation of new trends, never dull and extremely popular among the Japanese youth. This is also the district with the most famous shopping streets. The well know Omotesando and Takeshita, the first dedicated to the most famous brands (Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc.) and the second to the youthful and alternative style. The latter tends to mingle with different brands and styles, creating something more innovative.

harajuku girls, japan italy bridge, japan culture, japan tradition, cultura giapponese, tradizioni giapponesi

The Harajuku look is part of the street fashion. You can find different sub styles: gothic lolita, sweet lolita and decora to name a few. Although they are associated mainly with the girls in adolescence, within this culture the boys are not exempt. It is not rare to find among them those who follow a look more tied to the Japanese punk style.

Bright colours, layering, traditional Kimonos mingle with western clothes and accessories outside the lines. All of this makes brilliant ways to establish itself in these streets. Those who decide to follow the Harajuku style, must prepare for the race at the last constant trend, because in Japan everything is outclassed in a short amount of time.
It is admitted and granted everything in a look as long as it is always an expression of your own personal individuality. There is not a precise model to follow, it should not be a copy of someone else. The important thing is to express your way of being. For this reason, more than just a fashion this becomes a real lifestyle.

Photo credit: Tokyo Fashion; Amy in Wonderland

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Japan Tradition: Seijin Shiki

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Seijin Shiki

Seijin Shiki anche conosciuta come Seijin no Hi (成人の日) è il giorno della Maggiore età. Questa è una festa giapponese che si tiene ogni anno il secondo lunedì di gennaio. Lo scopo di questo giorno è di congratulare ed incoraggiare tutti coloro che hanno compiuto il ventesimo anno di età, l'età della maturità (二十歳 hatachi), nell'anno passato.
In questo giorno, molto giovani giapponesi celebrano con una cerimonia per il Giorno della Maggiore età, il Seijin-Shiki (成人式). Le feste per questa giornata sono spesso tenute negli uffici della prefettura e in locali. Tuttavia, molte persone fanno delle feste con la famiglia e gli amici successivamente. E' anche comune vedere questi giovani camminare per strada indossando i vestiti tradizionali.

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Shinjin Shiki, la cerimonia per la Maggiore Età, data indietro al 714 in Giappone. In questo anno, un giovane principe ha acquisito nuovi vestiti e acconciatura per marcare il passaggio all'età adulta. Tuttavia, questa festa è stata stabilita per la prima volta nel 1948 e si celebrava ogni 15 gennaio. Più tardi nel 2000, la data per il Seijin Shiki è cambiata ed ora si celebra il secondo lunedì di gennaio.
Solo coloro che hanno compiuto il ventesimo compleanno prima dell'ultima Festa della maggiore età o prima di quella attuale può unirsi ai festeggiamenti.

Seijin Shiki celebrations

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Sijin Shiki segna l'età della maturità, che include l'espansione dei diritti ma anche l'aumento delle responsabilità previste. Di solito, gli ufficiali governativi fanno dei discorso e la famiglia e gli amici fanno dei piccoli regali ai nuovi adulti.
Le donne solitamente celebrano indossando furisode e sandali zōri che possono comprare, prendere in prestito da un parente o affittare per l'occasione. Anche gli uomini indossano vestiti tradizionali, come kimono scuri con hakama, ma oggi è anche comune vedere uomini che indossano giacca e cravatta.
Dopo la cerimonia formale, spesso escono in gruppi per festeggiare e bere con gli amici.

Photo credit: Google images
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Seijin Shiki

Seijin Shiki also known as Seijin no Hi (成人の日) is the Coming of Age day. This is a Japanese holiday held every year on the second Monday of January. The goal of this day is to congratulate and encourage all those who have become 20 years old, the age of maturity (二十歳 hatachi), in the past year.
In this day, many young Japanese celebrate with a Coming of Age ceremony, the Seijin-Shiki (成人式). The celebrations for this day are often held in local and prefectural offices. However, many people have after parties with family and friends right after. Also, it’s common to see many of these young peole walk in the street wearing traditional clothes.

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Shinjin Shiki, the Coming of Age ceremony, dates back to 714 in Japan. In this year, a young prince donned new robes and hairstyles to mark the passage into adulthood. However, the holiday was first established in 1948 and it was set to be celebrated every January 15th. Later in 2000, the date for Seijin Shiki changed and set to be celebrate in the second Monday of January.
Only those who celebrated their 20th birthday before the last Coming of age day or on the present one can join the celebrations.

Seijin Shiki celebrations

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Sijin Shiki mark the age of maturity, which includes the expanded rights but also the increase of expected responsibilities. Usually, government officials give speeches and friends and family hand out small presents to the newly adults.
Women usually celebrate this day wearing furisode and zōri sandals that they can buy, borrow from a relative or rent for the occasion. Also men wear a traditional dress, like a dark kimono with hakama, but nowadays it’s not uncommon to see men wear a suit and tie.
After the formal ceremony, they often go out in groups to parties or drinking with friends.

Photo credit: Google images
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Seijin Shiki

Seijin Shiki also known as Seijin no Hi (成人の日) is the Coming of Age day. This is a Japanese holiday held every year on the second Monday of January. The goal of this day is to congratulate and encourage all those who have become 20 years old, the age of maturity (二十歳 hatachi), in the past year.
In this day, many young Japanese celebrate with a Coming of Age ceremony, the Seijin-Shiki (成人式). The celebrations for this day are often held in local and prefectural offices. However, many people have after parties with family and friends right after. Also, it’s common to see many of these young peole walk in the street wearing traditional clothes.

Seijin Shiki, Seijin no hi, coming of age ceremony, coming of age japan, japan italy bridge

Shinjin Shiki, the Coming of Age ceremony, dates back to 714 in Japan. In this year, a young prince donned new robes and hairstyles to mark the passage into adulthood. However, the holiday was first established in 1948 and it was set to be celebrated every January 15th. Later in 2000, the date for Seijin Shiki changed and set to be celebrate in the second Monday of January.
Only those who celebrated their 20th birthday before the last Coming of age day or on the present one can join the celebrations.

Seijin Shiki celebrations

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Sijin Shiki mark the age of maturity, which includes the expanded rights but also the increase of expected responsibilities. Usually, government officials give speeches and friends and family hand out small presents to the newly adults.
Women usually celebrate this day wearing furisode and zōri sandals that they can buy, borrow from a relative or rent for the occasion. Also men wear a traditional dress, like a dark kimono with hakama, but nowadays it’s not uncommon to see men wear a suit and tie.
After the formal ceremony, they often go out in groups to parties or drinking with friends.

Photo credit: Google images
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Japan Travel: Asakusa & Sensoji Temple

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Asakusa

Asakusa è un quartiere che si trova nella parte nord-est di Tokyo, delimitato dal fiume Sumida. Un luogo interessante soprattutto per la presenza del tempio Sensōji dedicato a Kannon Sama, la Dea Buddista della misericordia. Appena passato il Kaminarimon (la porta del "tuono" con la sua grande lanterna di carta rossa chiamato Chōchin) ci immettiamo nella famosa Nakamise Dori. Questa è una via piena di bancarelle in cui si possono trovare molti oggetti e vestiti tradizionali insieme a giochi per i bambini. Per gli amanti dell'arte culinaria, potete assaggiare prodotti tradizionali come i senbei (crackers di riso in salsa di soia) i fantastici yakisoba (spaghetti di grano saraceno saltati alla piastra) e gli yakitori (spiedini di pollo grigliati).

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Un po' di tutto insomma, se cercate un posto per ristorarvi, acquistare souvenirs e sentirsi completamente immersi nella tradizione Giapponese, credo che Asakusa faccia al caso vostro. Inoltre l'ambiente è reso ancora più particolare dai portantini, in abiti tradizionali, che trasportano i turisti nei risciò. E' anche un centro molto comodo nel caso cercaste posti divertenti per i bambini. Intorno ad Asakusa potete trovare il più vecchio parco giochi del Giappone, lo Hanayashiki.

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Aperto nel 1853 e è stato successivamente abbandonato totalmente durante la seconda guerra mondiale. Nel 1949, dopo un paio di anni di lavori per la ristrutturazione e per l’adeguamento alle norme di sicurezza, è stato riaperto.
Una cosa carina da vedere è la mascotte del parco, la Panda car con cui i bambini possono divertirsi a guidarla.

Il Tempio Sensō-ji

Il Sensō-ji è un Tempio dedicato al boshisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara).
La leggenda narra della statua d’oro di Kannon trovata nel fiume Sumida dai due pescatori Hinokuma Hamanari e Hinokuma Takenari nel 628. La statua venne poi conservata dal capo del Villaggio Hajino Nakamoto nella sua casa ad Asakusa. Successivamente questa fu adibita a tempio, così da permettere ai visitatori di venerarla.

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Il vero tempio invece fu costruito nel 645 e raso al suolo durante la seconda guerra Mondiale. Essendo stato ricostruito in seguito, è ora simbolo di rinascita dalle ceneri e di pace per tutti i Giapponesi. Inoltre, un albero è cresciuto all’interno del tronco di un precedente albero che fu distrutto dai bombardamenti. Anche questo è un ulteriore simbolo di rinascita.

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Nel Sensō-ji si svolge il più importante festival Giapponese, il Sanja Matsuri, in primavera. Della durata di 3/4 giorni, il festival attira molte persone tra turisti e gente del posto.
Questo Festival ha subito varie trasformazioni. Originariamente parte come un “funamatsuri”, ovvero una cerimonia che si svolge su una nave. Successivamente, è diventato comune usare i “dashi”, che sono carri da cerimonia. Arriva alla sua forma odierna in cui tre “mikoshi” (altari) vengono portati in processione.
Nel tempio potete trovare dei distributori di omikuji (biglietto contenente una predizione divina), ed anche un giardino in stile tradizionale Giapponese.

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Asakusa in pillole:

Dove: nord-est tokyo
Particolarità: Tempio Sensoji, Kaminarimon, parco giochi Hanayashiki, Nakamise Dori
Cibo: senbei, yakisoba, yakitori e varie specialità della tradizione culinaria Giapponese

Photo Credits: Google Images & Japan Italy Bridge
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Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the most famous district of Tokyo. Situated in the north-east side of the city and delimited by the Sumida river. Asakusa is a very interesting place mostly thanks to the Sensōji temple dedicated to Kannon Sama, Buddhist goddess of mercy.
Passing the Kaminarimon, the door of “thunder” with its big red paper lantern called Chōchin, there’s the famous Nakamise Dori. This is a peculiar street is full of stands where you can find many items and traditional clothes together with toys for children. For all the food lovers, here you can taste the traditional meals like Senbei (rice crackers in soy sauce), the amazing Yakisoba (buckwheat noodles) and Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers).

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If you are looking for a place where to rest, buy souvenirs and feel completely submerged in Japanese history and tradition, come to Asakusa. Here you can find a little bit of everything. The ambience is even more peculiar thanks to the porters in traditional clothes and the rickshaws.

Asakusa is also a wonderful place for kids. Around here you can find the oldest playground in Japan, Hanayashiki.

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Opened since 1853 and completely abandoned afterwards after the Second World War. Due to this, in 1949, following a couple of years of restoration and update for safety measures, the playground re-opened. Something very cute to see is the mascotte of the playground, the Panda Car and the kids can have fun driving it.

Sensō-ji Temple

The Sensō-ji is a temple dedicated to the boshisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). Legend says that the golden statue of Kannon found in the Sumida river by two fishermen, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari in 628. The statue was then preserved from the head of the village Hajino Nakamoto in his house in Asakusa.

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The house became a temple but the actual shrine was built in 645. Restored after the destruction of World War II, the temple is now a symbol of rebirth and peace for all Japanese. Furthermore, a tree was born inside the trunk of a previous one destroyed by the bombing and became another symbol of rebirth.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

The Sanja Matsuri, the most important Japanese festival, takes place at Sensō-ji in spring. It lasts 3/4 days and it attracts a lot of people between tourists and in loco. This festival has been transformed quite a few times. Originally it started as “funamatsuri”, a ceremony taking place on a ship. However, after changing to the use of “dashi”, ceremonial carts, it took its modern form with three “mikoshi”, altars, shown in a procession.

In the temple you can find omikuji dispensers, tickets containing a divine prophecy. Also it's famous for its zen garden in typical Japanese style.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Asakusa in pills:

Where: North-east Tokyo
Peculiarities: Sensō-ji Temple, Kaminarimon, Hanayashiki playground, Nakamise Dori
Food: Senbei, Yakisoba, Yakitori and other specialties of the Japanese cuisine

Photo Credits: Google Images & Japan Italy Bridge
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Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the most famous district of Tokyo. Situated in the north-east side of the city and delimited by the Sumida river. Asakusa is a very interesting place mostly thanks to the Sensōji temple dedicated to Kannon Sama, Buddhist goddess of mercy.
Passing the Kaminarimon, the door of “thunder” with its big red paper lantern called Chōchin, there’s the famous Nakamise Dori. This is a peculiar street is full of stands where you can find many items and traditional clothes together with toys for children. For all the food lovers, here you can taste the traditional meals like Senbei (rice crackers in soy sauce), the amazing Yakisoba (buckwheat noodles) and Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers).

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

If you are looking for a place where to rest, buy souvenirs and feel completely submerged in Japanese history and tradition, come to Asakusa. Here you can find a little bit of everything. The ambience is even more peculiar thanks to the porters in traditional clothes and the rickshaws.

Asakusa is also a wonderful place for kids. Around here you can find the oldest playground in Japan, Hanayashiki.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Opened since 1853 and completely abandoned afterwards after the Second World War. Due to this, in 1949, following a couple of years of restoration and update for safety measures, the playground re-opened. Something very cute to see is the mascotte of the playground, the Panda Car and the kids can have fun driving it.

Sensō-ji Temple

The Sensō-ji is a temple dedicated to the boshisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). Legend says that the golden statue of Kannon found in the Sumida river by two fishermen, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari in 628. The statue was then preserved from the head of the village Hajino Nakamoto in his house in Asakusa.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

The house became a temple but the actual shrine was built in 645. Restored after the destruction of World War II, the temple is now a symbol of rebirth and peace for all Japanese. Furthermore, a tree was born inside the trunk of a previous one destroyed by the bombing and became another symbol of rebirth.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

The Sanja Matsuri, the most important Japanese festival, takes place at Sensō-ji in spring. It lasts 3/4 days and it attracts a lot of people between tourists and in loco. This festival has been transformed quite a few times. Originally it started as “funamatsuri”, a ceremony taking place on a ship. However, after changing to the use of “dashi”, ceremonial carts, it took its modern form with three “mikoshi”, altars, shown in a procession.

In the temple you can find omikuji dispensers, tickets containing a divine prophecy. Also it's famous for its zen garden in typical Japanese style.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Asakusa in pills:

Where: North-east Tokyo
Peculiarities: Sensō-ji Temple, Kaminarimon, Hanayashiki playground, Nakamise Dori
Food: Senbei, Yakisoba, Yakitori and other specialties of the Japanese cuisine

Photo Credits: Google Images & Japan Italy Bridge
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Japanese Traditions: Ōmisoka - New year's traditions

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Japanese Traditions: Ōmisoka - Nuovo Anno

Shogatsu (o Oshogatsu) è il nuovo anno per il popolo del sol levante.

Nel periodo Meiji, questa data coincideva con il calendario lunare cinese. Durante la restaurazione dello stesso periodo, anche il Giappone ha adottato il calendario Gregoriano. Il 1° gennaio diventa quindi il giorno festivo che tutti conosciamo.

Per noi occidentali è quasi impossibile pensare di poter racchiudere 365 giorni in un solo momento. Aprire gli occhi di fronte allo spettacolo dell'Hatsuhinode (il sorgere del primo sole del nuovo anno) è di buon auspicio. E' anche la rappresentanza dell'anno che sta per cominciare.
Tutto però ha inizio dal 28 dicembre quando si cominciano i preparativi per il capodanno. Durante i giorni dello Shougatsu Sanganichi, solo i servizi primari sono attivi. I giapponesi si dedicano allo Susuharai, la pulizia della casa da cima a fondo per eliminare tutte le tracce negative del passato. Sugli ingressi vengono appesi i Kadomatsu (rami di pino) e lo Shimenawa (corda di paglia con strisce di carta colorata) per tenere lontani gli spiriti maligni.
Le poste giapponesi sono attive per recapitare le cartoline augurali che devono raggiungere amici e parenti entro capodanno, le nengajou (年賀状).

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Tutto è pronto per trascorrere il proprio tempo con la famiglia ed il 31 dicembre, ha inizio l'Ōmisoka (letteralmente la vigilia di Capodanno, l'ultimo giorno dell'anno). Attorno alle 22:30 inizia il Joya no Kane, i rintocchi della Tsurigane (la campana del tempio). Sono molto lenti, perchè il suono del precedente rintocco deve spegnersi prima dell'inizio del successivo. Proseguono fino a mezzanotte per un totale di 108 rintocchi. Essi permetteranno - a chi li ascolta tutti - di purificarsi per affrontare un nuovo capitolo tutto da scrivere.

I cibi tradizionali

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In questa notte si mangia il toshikoshi soba (年越しそば), cioè vermicelli fatti con grano saraceno, uova e brodo caldo. La lunghezza dei vermicelli sono auspicio di una vita lunga. La loro digeribilità indica la pulizia interiore e la facilità con cui si tagliano simboleggia l'eliminazione di tutte le cose brutte nel passato.

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Il giorno seguente, avviene la prima visita al santuario, l'HATSUMOUDE (初詣). Pregare per la salute dei propri familiari e la loro felicità è lo spirito giusto per affrontare il nuovo inizio. Inoltre i bambini giapponesi ricevono una piccola busta decorata, bukuro (袋), nella quale vi sono riposti dei soldi (otoshidama, お年玉).

Famiglia e festa sono legati insieme anche dal cibo. Sulle tavole fanno capolino i osechi-ryouri (お節料理) , i piatti speciali della tradizione come le alghe kombu ( 昆布), i kamaboko (蒲鉾, torte di pesce). E poi anche il kurikinton (栗きんとん, purè di patate dolci con castagne), il kinpiragobo (金平牛蒡, radici di bardana bollite). I più amati e conosciuti Kuro-mame (黒豆, fiagioli di soia neri dolci) e non mancano sushi e sashimi. Tutte le leccornie presenti fanno sì che esista anche il giorno del “riposo dello stomaco”, il 7° giorno di gennaio, il jinjitsu (人日), in cui si mangia il nanakusa-gayu (七草粥, la minestra delle sette erbe a base di riso).

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Japanese Traditions: Ōmisoka - New year

Shogatsu (or Oshogatsu) is the new year for the land of the Rising Sun.

In the Meiji period, this date was coinciding with the Chinese lunar calendar, but during the restoration of the same period, Japan changed to the Gregorian calendar too, fixing January 1st as the festive day we all know.

For the westerners it’s almost impossible to think to gather 365 days in just one moment. However, opening your eyes in front of the sight of the Hatsuhinode (the dawn of the first sun of the year) it is considered good luck and as the representation of the year that’s about to begin. However, every year, celebrations start on December 28th when all the preparations for new year begin. During the days of the Shougatsu Sanganichi, only the primary services are available, while Japanese people dedicate themselves to the Susuharai, cleaning of the whole house to get rid of all the negative traces of the past year. Kadomatsu (pine braches) and Shimenawa (straw rope with stripes of colored paper) are hanged on the doorsteps to keep the bad spirits away.
Japanese postal office are actively sending out and delivering cards for the best wishes that need to reach friends and families before new year’s day, the nengajou (年賀状).

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Everything is ready to spend the time with the family and on December 31st, that's when the Ōmisoka begins (literally New year’s eve, the last day of the year).
Around 10:30pm the Joya no Kane, the tolls from the Tsurigane (bell of the temple), begins. They are very slow, because the first toll has to stop ringing before a second one is taken. They go on until midnight for a total of 108 tolls. They are said to be purifying for all those who listen so that it’s possible to face a new chapter of our lives.

Traditional foods

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In this night it’s tradition to eat toshikoshi soba (年越しそば), noodles made with buckwheat, eggs and hot broth. The length of the noodles are auspice of a long life, their digestibility indicates the interior cleanliness and the ease in cutting them are a symbol of the removal of all bad things of the past.

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The day after, the first visit to the temple takes place, the HATSUMOUDE (初詣). To pray for health for every family member and their happiness is the right spirit to face a new beginning. Furthermore, Japanese kids usually receive a small engraved envelope, bukuro (袋), containing some money (otoshidama, お年玉).

Family and festivities are connected together also thanks to the food. On the tables you can find theosechi-ryouri (お節料理), specialties coming from the tradition like the kombu (昆布) weed. The kamaboko (蒲鉾, fish cake), kurikinton (栗きんとん, mash potatoes with chestunts), kinpiragobo (金平牛蒡, burdock boiled roots). The most loved and well known Kuro-mame (黒豆, sweet black soy beans) and of course sushi and sashimi. Due to all these specialties, on the 7th day of January there’s the jinjitsu (人日), the day for “stomach rest”, when you only eat the the nanakusa-gayu (七草粥, the soup of the seven herbs made with rice).

If you ever had the chance to be in Japan during the Ōmisoka, tell us in the comments or on our facebook page! We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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Japanese Traditions: Ōmisoka - New year

Shogatsu (or Oshogatsu) is the new year for the land of the Rising Sun.

In the Meiji period, this date was coinciding with the Chinese lunar calendar, but during the restoration of the same period, Japan changed to the Gregorian calendar too, fixing January 1st as the festive day we all know.

For the westerners it’s almost impossible to think to gather 365 days in just one moment. However, opening your eyes in front of the sight of the Hatsuhinode (the dawn of the first sun of the year) it is considered good luck and as the representation of the year that’s about to begin. However, every year, celebrations start on December 28th when all the preparations for new year begin. During the days of the Shougatsu Sanganichi, only the primary services are available, while Japanese people dedicate themselves to the Susuharai, cleaning of the whole house to get rid of all the negative traces of the past year. Kadomatsu (pine braches) and Shimenawa (straw rope with stripes of colored paper) are hanged on the doorsteps to keep the bad spirits away.
Japanese postal office are actively sending out and delivering cards for the best wishes that need to reach friends and families before new year’s day, the nengajou (年賀状).

Ōmisoka, japan italy bridge, japanese new year, japan traditions, joya no Kane, HATSUMOUDE

Everything is ready to spend the time with the family and on December 31st, that's when the Ōmisoka begins (literally New year’s eve, the last day of the year).
Around 10:30pm the Joya no Kane, the tolls from the Tsurigane (bell of the temple), begins. They are very slow, because the first toll has to stop ringing before a second one is taken. They go on until midnight for a total of 108 tolls. They are said to be purifying for all those who listen so that it’s possible to face a new chapter of our lives.

Traditional foods

Ōmisoka, japan italy bridge, japanese new year, japan traditions, joya no Kane, HATSUMOUDE

In this night it’s tradition to eat toshikoshi soba (年越しそば), noodles made with buckwheat, eggs and hot broth. The length of the noodles are auspice of a long life, their digestibility indicates the interior cleanliness and the ease in cutting them are a symbol of the removal of all bad things of the past.

Ōmisoka, japan italy bridge, japanese new year, japan traditions, joya no Kane, HATSUMOUDE

The day after, the first visit to the temple takes place, the HATSUMOUDE (初詣). To pray for health for every family member and their happiness is the right spirit to face a new beginning. Furthermore, Japanese kids usually receive a small engraved envelope, bukuro (袋), containing some money (otoshidama, お年玉).

Family and festivities are connected together also thanks to the food. On the tables you can find theosechi-ryouri (お節料理), specialties coming from the tradition like the kombu (昆布) weed. The kamaboko (蒲鉾, fish cake), kurikinton (栗きんとん, mash potatoes with chestunts), kinpiragobo (金平牛蒡, burdock boiled roots). The most loved and well known Kuro-mame (黒豆, sweet black soy beans) and of course sushi and sashimi. Due to all these specialties, on the 7th day of January there’s the jinjitsu (人日), the day for “stomach rest”, when you only eat the the nanakusa-gayu (七草粥, the soup of the seven herbs made with rice).

If you ever had the chance to be in Japan during the Ōmisoka, tell us in the comments or on our facebook page! We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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