Japan in the eyes of tourists is a prosperous country in East Asia with unique cultural and traditional beauty. Discover the interesting things with Toplifefood about the traditional culture in Japan. Thereby, you will better understand and know how to behave properly when traveling here.
- 1 1.Traditional Culture In Japan – Drink and make tea
- 2 2. Traditional Culture In Japan – Wrestling Sumo
- 3 3. Traditional Culture In Japan – Traditional costume Kimono
- 4 4. Traditional Culture In Japan – Martial arts spirit
- 5 5. Traditional Culture In Japan – Bowing way
- 6 6. Traditional Culture In Japan – Things you need to know when traveling here
1.Traditional Culture In Japan – Drink and make tea
Tea ceremony culture – when drinking tea is also an art. Tea ceremony is simply understood as enjoying delicious tea and talking about life together. Enjoying Japanese-style tea is also one of the most favorite activities for tourists when traveling to Japan.
This tea ceremony culture originated in Japan at the end of the 12th century, this culture has been responded by many countries in the region, including Vietnam.
4 principles of enjoying Japanese tea ceremony include: Peace – glass – Thanh – President. In addition, the factors of space, how to make tea, and rituals when enjoying tea are especially important.
How to drink Japanese tea:
- First, they took the tea bowl with their right hand and placed it in front of them. Then, greet the host and place the tea bowl in the palm of your left hand.
- Rotate the tea bowl 2 turns clockwise on the left hand so as not to put the mouth in front of the pattern on the bowl. Chai the tea part made 3-4 times, enjoy the tea.
- Wipe the rim of the bowl with your hands and use paper towels to wipe your hands and remove the bag. Rotate the tea bowl counterclockwise to return the tea bowl to its original position.
2. Traditional Culture In Japan – Wrestling Sumo
Sumo wrestling appears in the ritual sacrifice to see if the year’s crop will be bountiful. In the Edo period, this martial art was considered a form of entertainment and is handed down to this day.
The sumo wrestlers will compete in pairs on a circular dirt court with a diameter of 4.55mm. Unlike other martial arts, Japanese sumo wrestling is not divided by height and weight. They compete against each other and the decisive point of victory or defeat lies in the martial arts of the two gladiators.
3. Traditional Culture In Japan – Traditional costume Kimono
Traditional clothing is one of the fastest ways to identify which country you’re from. Like the Vietnamese ao dai or the Korean hanbok, the kimono is a traditional costume, a pride associated with the development of Japan.
Kimono is very easy to wear because there is only 1 size, the wearer only needs to bundle the clothes to suit themselves. Women’s kimonos have more colors and patterns. Meanwhile, kimono for men is somewhat simpler and darker.
4. Traditional Culture In Japan – Martial arts spirit
The spirit of samurai or samurai represents the spirit and will of the Japanese. A samurai must have virtues such as: Integrity, courage, politeness, loyalty, honor, self-control and politeness.
In the spring when peach blossoms bloom, in memory of the samurai, the Japanese will hold a Samurai festival. The large-scale festival attracts 1000 participants. Participants will wear antique clothes and gather in front of Maizuru castle.
You can go on a Japan tour in April to experience this festival.
5. Traditional Culture In Japan – Bowing way
You will easily see this culture when traveling to Japan. The Japanese have all 3 typical greetings:
- Saikeirei: A greeting that shows deep respect, the Japanese bow from 45 to 60 degrees. This greeting is often used in rituals in front of temples, pagodas, the National Flag and in front of the Emperor
- Keirei – the usual bow. Bend down to 30-35 degrees and hold for 2-3 seconds. For the sitting position, the Keirei salute will put both hands on the ground and bow, the distance from the head to the floor is 10-15cm.
- Bowing style: Slightly bowing for about 1-2 seconds, hands on both sides.
6. Traditional Culture In Japan – Things you need to know when traveling here
“Continued entry”, understanding some cultural features in communication before traveling to Japan will help you easily integrate when coming here. More than that, know one more taboo to not fall into awkward situations when communicating:
- There is no tip culture in Japan.
- Japan is extremely respectful of queuing culture.
- Do not pour soy sauce directly on white rice. You can put the sauce on the pickles and serve it with rice instead of pouring it directly on each other.
- Outdoor smoking is not allowed. You are only allowed to smoke in authorized areas.