Japan is a country in the very east of Asia, it is also called the land of the rising sun. She is able to combine both modern technologies and picturesque nature, which seemed to be not touched by a human hand, perfectly combine the traditions of ancestors, and modernity. Ancient pagodas and perfume gates are located next to new skyscrapers, national baths in Japan are adjacent to famous modern spa centers, this incredible combination is truly surprising.
Fortunately, there are trains “for all wallets”, from super fast and technologically advanced to ordinary, but no less comfortable. Don't forget about getting around in cities. In big cities, the Japanese actively use the metro and buses. Most of the routes are ready to carry passengers from 7 am to 9 pm, and if we are talking about remote areas, then from 5 am the buses run on their route, until 11 pm. At each stop, the names and number of the route are indicated, fare is paid upon exiting the bus. If the metro is overloaded and there is no time to wait for the bus, a taxi is always ready to take any passenger wherever he wants. Of course, as is customary in all countries, a taxi is not a cheap pleasure, and if the trip also takes place between 11 pm and 6 am, the fare will be 30% more expensive.
It is very difficult to meet an English-speaking person on the streets, and you can easily get lost. But even if this happened, you can ask the police for help, each officer speaks good English, and will help tourists find their way to their hotel.
In winter, temperatures rise above zero along the coast. With the beginning of spring, plums begin to bloom, and sakura blossoms signalize the height of spring.
Souvenirs can be purchased in every country, Japan is no exception. The most common figurines of geisha and samurai, panels with hieroglyphs and fans with different images are found here. Do not forget about anime fans (Anime is Japanese animation, there are many genres that will be of interest to everyone), since you can buy different themed items in special stores, be it a T-shirt with a picture of a famous anime, or figures of characters. All visitors should pay attention to Japanese costume jewelry and jewelry. Their design is amazing, the prices are certainly not lower than in Europe, but do not forget that this is not a cheap country anyway.
For example, raw fish. The Japanese make different dishes from it that are worthy of attention. For example, the well-known sushi, or sashimi (sashimi is raw fish eaten with soy sauce). Not only seafood is in demand, but also various other products, such as tofu (bean curd).
Religion is an integral part of the mysterious Japanese culture. Religion includes not only faith and a set of views, but also the corresponding behavior. Tourists often cannot find common ground with the indigenous inhabitants of the islands, because their behavior and mentality is very different from that of Europe. It is necessary to turn to the pages of history in order to understand which religion has taken root in Japan and how it affected the mentality of the Japanese.
As shown by archaeological research, the Japanese archipelago was inhabited by people during the late Paleolithic period. The history of the emergence of Japan and its development until the 6th century is controversial, since before the emergence of the Chinese language, the Japanese did not have a written language, and therefore no reliable evidence has survived.
Japan is a young civilization. Statehood in it began to take shape only in the IV-VI centuries of our era. The first mythological monuments, which reflected the complex path of the formation of the system of Shinto cults, date back to the same time.
In the IV century, when the territory of future Japan was occupied by the Mongol tribes, the worldview of people was primitive. They believed in magic, totemism and animism were widespread.
Totemism is a belief based on the cult of the totem. A totem is usually understood as a creature (usually an animal) that is an object of worship. Since the life of the ancient hunters depended on the presence of animals, the cult of heavenly deer and elk - the "progenitors" of the animal world, arose. This cult was reflected in the ancient Japanese custom of divination by the cracks in a deer blade held over a fire. In addition, the Japanese worshiped foxes, snakes, and turtles. The wolf was considered one of the dominant animals. He was called the spirit of the Okami mountains. The peasants usually asked him to protect the crops and themselves from various troubles and misfortunes, the fishermen - to send a fair wind.
Animism is the belief that everything in existence has a soul. All inanimate nature was spiritualized. From the point of view of animism, life is in every object and subject of nature, be it a stone or a plant.
Based on animistic beliefs, a religion that is considered traditional in Japan - Shinto was born.
Modern religious composition of the country