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March 2018 Guide Sign

Dear All,

Spring is around the corner.

Every year the bunches of peach tree branches with lots of buds are found at a flower shop in Japan

from around mid-February.

They are arranged for Dolls Festival (Hina Matsuri) celebrated on March pray for girls’ healthy growth

and happiness.

Peach trees were believed to ward off evils.

The traditional practice was held when peach trees began to flower.

Although this is no longer true since the new calendar was introduced.

Peaches blossoms are still symbolic of the festival.

As this tradition shows, people have appreciated

the beauty of seasonal flowers and plants and celebrated festivals with them for centuries,

as the country has four distinct seasons with suitable flowers for each season.

Considering this, it’s understandable that Ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) was born in Japan..

1“Flowers to be appreciated,” 2 “Yorishiro (an object that divine spirits are summoned to)”

i.e. Kadomatsu, a pair of pine used even today as decoration for the New Year 3 “Flower offerings

on the Buddhist altar” –

With these interacting elements in place,

ikebana began to be formalized in the 15th century.

Its origin came from floral offerings left at the temples,

and Ikenobo, the first school, was established by a Buddhist priest in Kyoto in the 15th century.

Later, other schools appeared, each with their own aesthetic philosophy,

eventually becoming a pastime for 19th-century ladies.

Ikebana has continued with the times, reflecting various eras,

but it is governed by strict rules.

The style which most people generally think of as ikebana is a triangular composition of three main elements:

the tallest representing heaven, the lowest, earth, with man .in the middle

One of the big differences between Ikebana and western flower arrangement is that in Ikebana,

line of branches is very important with some spaces, and asymmetry,

while flower arrangement has many flowers to make round shapes without any spaces.

If you are interested in pottery, taking Ikebana lessons is recommended.

The flower vase is a key element of Ikebana. But keep in mind that it takes time to master even basic techniques .



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January 2018 Guide Sign

Dear All,

Happy New Year!

We wish for great happiness in 2018, the year of the dog according to Chinese zodiac.

We do hope that 2018 has begun in a really good way for all of you.

“Hatsumode” the first visit to a shrine or a temple,

either grand or small is one of the most exciting and meaningful New Year’s traditions in Japan.

Meiji Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Japan

boasts over three million worshippers during the first three days of New Year of 2017.

This act can be performed on any day throughout the year,

but hatsumode is considered to be a particularly important time to pray for good luck in the coming year.

People throw coin or bill into the offertory box.

No specific amount. Heart is important.

People clap their hands twice and then pray with their hands together silently.

Traditional luck charms (omamori) and fortune telling slips (omikuji) are available at a shrine or a temple.

If they want to secure a wish, people write their prayers on ema, a votive wooden plaque.

It is typically 15cm wide and 9cm high and costs from 500yen to 1000yen.

It is offered to a shrine or a temple whenever people feel they need a little help

from the deities for worldly benefits such as a swift recovery from illness,

a job promotion, and success in entrance exams.

Visiting a shrine or a temple is different from being religious.

Yet religious belief and rituals have long been an important part of Japanese people’s life.

The majority of Japanese are born Shinto, marry Christian, and die Buddhist.

Such Japan’s blend of religious practices might be hard to understand from a western point of view.

Many people of all ages in Japan seem to be seeking some sort of spiritual advice by visiting sacred places,

as exemplified in a huge number of ema with closely hand-written hopes, found in the precincts of a shrine or a temple.



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