A Japanese Girl Dressed In A Traditional Kimono Is Pictured On This Resin Fridge Magnet
Literally translated as 'thing to wear', the kimono is traditional Japanese clothing which can be worn by men, women and children. These days it is most often worn by women, with most men tending to wear them only on ceremonial occasions. Women's kimonos can be ornate and expensive; costs can exceed $10,000. There are different forms of kimono for different situations. For formal wear, young unmarried women wear a furisode. This name means 'swinging sleeves' and is very apt given that the sleeves of the garment have an average length of between thirty-nine and forty-two inches. Another type of kimono is the single coloured Iromuji which is most often worn at tea ceremonies. Whatever the type of kimono, they are basically a long T-shaped garment with sleeves that are long and wide, wide collars and a tie 'obi' around the waist, which is fastened at the back. The picture on this fridge magnet is a very pretty representation of a Japanese girl wearing her traditional kimono. It is available to purchase from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
Drinking tea at one of these events is not about being thirsty; it is about participating in an ancient Japanese ritual which helps to instil peace, harmony and respect. The types and locations of tea ceremonies vary. They can be held in individual homes, special tea houses or outdoors. They can be short informal events 'chakai' or longer, formal occasions 'chaji'. Whichever event is taking place the cleaning and preparation of the tea making, and drinking, implements forms an important first step in the process. The green tea is then mixed (generally thinner tea for a chakai and thicker, soup like, tea for a chaji). The tea is passed to the first guest who rotates the bowl before tasting. At the end of the ceremony the guests inspect the implements before leaving. This tea drinking part of the occasion takes places either after the giving of sweets 'Wagashi' for a chakai or after eating a full meal for a chaji. The formalities which take place during these ceremonies are very important, including when to bow, and how to greet guests. In Japan there are courses available for people to study such considerations.
The Tradition Of Sumo
Another Japanese tradition is that of Sumo. Most people will have seen the huge wrestlers vying for a win. The aim of the bouts is for one wrestler to get the other to leave the ring of combat or to touch the ground with anything other than their feet. The sport is of Japanese origin, being both a test of strength and having an association with the Shinto religion. Japan is the only country were Sumo takes place professionally; the origins of the current professional sport can be found in Japan's Edo period. Since 1909 bouts have taken place in Ryogoku Kokugikan, a sports hall in Sumida, one of the twenty three wards of Tokyo.
Founded on 15 March 1947 Sumida is one of the twenty-three special wards of the Japanese capital city, Tokyo. Approximately 240,733 people live in this area which is in the north eastern part of mainland Tokyo. It is also home to landmarks such as the amazingly tall Tokyo Skytree tower and Yokoamicho Park. As many as forty-four thousand people died in the park during the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923; it is now a memorial site. Wherever you are in Sumida, Tokyo or Japan as a whole, the kimono is still a part of traditional Japanese life. Why not have a little reminder of this for yourself by purchasing this resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.