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District nightlife attracts day visitors. Roppongi - a fashionable neighborhood in Tokyo, which is known for its busy nightlife. This is the most popular place party celebrities and foreigners. And, although the area is now completely littered with modern high-rise office buildings, and it is still a place where people come to have fun and relax, and not only at night ... During the day and on weekends Roppongi attracts a large number of people who come here to visit an impressive array of art galleries, which are grown in recent years like mushrooms after rain. It's safe to say that the nightlife district, Roppongi, has acquired a new status of the area of art.

Culture and Traditions | Просмотров: 967 | Добавил: vladgon | Дата: 16.10.2014 | Рейтинг: 0.0/0 | Комментарии (1)

There are two major religions in Japan – Shintoism and Buddhism. But, in fact, none of these religions is "pure" because they historically had been mixing, borrowing and adopting rituals and features both from each other and from various confessions. Therefore some orientalists call religious system existing in Japan Shinto-Buddhist syncretism. Nevertheless they divide into Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples though if you are a layman it is often difficult to identify the difference by exterior.

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Traditional Japanese houses are usually one- or two- storeyed buildings. Historically and geographically Japan has not so much territory that is why living spaces here tend to minimalism both in terms of square meters and interior. You should take your shoes off at the hall and put them in order that toes pointed to the entrance. If hosts suggest you slippers, be sure to put them on. If you are going to visit a Japanese house it would be better to take a souvenir (tsumaranai-mono in Japanese) because it is considered to be impolite visiting without a gift.

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Table etiquette is a very complicated thing especially in such a country like Japan where, I must say, there is food worship. But do not be afraid because Japanese behavior at the table is not as complicated as it may seem at first glance. Japanese rules of conduct at the table have significantly changed for the last one hundred and fifty years. And it surely can be asserted that not any Japanese could behave in accordance with all Japanese traditions. But if you stick to simple rules described below Japanese will treat you more benevolently.

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Despite the fact that Japan is a modern and highly-developed country which has borrowed and adopted many aspects of the West, it still has tremendous and influential views on social behavior. Even now politeness and reticence in Japanese behavior are the fundamental elements of etiquette. Of course it is sometimes difficult for a foreigner (or gaijin as Japanese call it) to adapt to Japanese customs and behavioral patterns but Japanese themselves do not expect gaijin to follow Japanese behavioral model precisely. In this respect Japanese are quite tolerant to gaijins and allow foreigners to behave in a way which will never be acceptable for themselves. However one should not abuse such tolerance: it is good just to observe simple universal rules of conduct accepted in your own country.
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