Aoimatsouri – the most ancient holiday in the world. For 1200 years he has practically not changed. Every year, the festival takes place on May 15 in the ancient capital of Japan Kyoto. By this time, Sakura is already flying and blooms altea. Aoimatsouri and translated "Holiday Altea". Today, alhai in nature is not easy to meet, so with recently it is replaced with a more common bugger. He has the same as Altea, similar to the hearts of the leaves.
Altea Holiday – Rowers Kyoto. At the end of the VIII century, the construction of a new capital was accompanied by great disasters: the state treasury was empty, the favorite wife of the emperor, Zalenor, the Crown Prince died. And then the sky has wrapped the land of water flows, overflowing the banks of the Kabo River. To take the prodience of the imperial genus and the goddess of the sun amteras, the emperor arranged a procession. Whether there is no more water in the sky, whether Amateras liked the holiday, but the rain stopped. Kyoto began flourishing. Since then, the chief figure of the festive procession was the girl who personifies the amteraras. In the morning, Palaankin with goddess is carried out of the Imperial Palace. The procession of 500 people goes to the temple of Simagam, and from there in the Kamigam temple. Both temples must protect the city from all sorts of misfortunes.
Judging by the fact that today Kyoto has turned into a super-modern megalopolis, temples perform their functions properly. The path from one temple to another passes through the central part of the city. May 15, the car movement stops here, and the streets are given at the full disposal of pilgrims and tourists. At the holiday of Altea in Kyoto, about 100 thousand are coming annually. Man from the most remote corners of Japan.
Japanese aoimatsouri looks like a Brazilian carnival. The only difference is that there is no unrestrained Latin American fun. The ceremony flows measuringly under the sounds of the flute and drum, each action has its deep meaning. And the dance to the glory of Amateras brings the heavens to the ground, as it was in the old days.
Nebutamatsouri is not such an ancient holiday, like ao, but the most popular in Japan. It is not tied to some particular place. The most colorful festival takes place in the city of Aomori in the north of the island of Conisea. It is here a thousand years ago a legendary Japanese warrior Tamuramar won one of the brightest victories. And it was so. Tamuramaru was instructed to lead the imperial troops in their struggle against bandits. The enemy had a numerical advantage, and Tamuramar walked to the trick. He ordered to make a giant stuffed mythological monsters. Seeing terrible burning eyes in the darkness, gangsters horrified fled. Tamuramaro became a national hero.
According to the ancient Japanese calendar of Nebutamatsuri, it is necessary to celebrate in the seventh day of the seventh month. At modern summer, this date corresponds to August 7. On this day, people should awaken from summer hibernation to be ready for harvest, and a fun holiday is designed to help them in this.
Preparation for Nebutamatsouri is under six months. During this time, 20 giant lanterns of 8 per 15 meters and a bunch of small are made of bamboo and papier-masha. Lights strengthen on special stretchers. Raise them can 50 well-trained person. Weakhakam nothing to do in a three-kilometer procession, which is delayed for three hours.
At sunset begins a festive parade. Everyone can take part in it. For this, just need to be in kimono and be in a good mood. If you arrived from afar and you have no kimono, it can be rented. So the nebutamatsouri can be considered the most democratic holiday in Japan. Every year on the festive procession in Aomor, 3,5 ml of men, women and children are dancing in a single rhythm.
So the number of pilgrims, of course, can not boast the place of inuyama. This provincial town got lost somewhere in the middle of Honshu Island. But in the innocence there is an oldest of the preserved locks. And here is one of the most unusual holidays in Japan – the festival of revived dolls. Now no one really remembers when and who came up with celebrating the first Saturday of April festive festive. For that, everyone knows the characters of mechanical dolls. As a rule, 13 puppets perform each year on the holiday. Some of them move the twisted spring, the other handling dolls.
One of the most favorite doll heroes in Japan – Traveler Urasina Tara. Sea princess gave him a lacquer casket and forbade her. Tara did not obey, looked into the casket and turned into a gray-haired old man. Not one festival in Inuyama does not cost without a curious traveler and without 365 lanterns that light up to remember every day of the day, because the Japanese lives so that they never happen to painfully for aimlessly.