Долго думал о чём порассуждать под впечатлением от ролика. Была даже мысль подискутировать на тему искупления японской нацией по результатам WWII, типа "сама я японка, дочь самурая, живу в Японии 50 лет, тут всё не так однозначно....", да что то заленился. Как-нибудь в другой раз, благо и тема обширнейшая, и печальный личный опыт небольшой да имеется. А поэтому поговорим о детях. Сам то я детишков как то не очень, а Гоблин как раз наоборот - очень детишками интересуется. Особенно их мнением. Скрупулёзно эти мнения отслеживает и вступает в жаркие дискуссии. Он даже создал особый полемический формат: сначала задаёт сам себе вопрос от имени как бЭ детей, а потом сам же в пух и прах разносит оппонентов. Поэтому только дети. Пусть порадуется старик:
In early spring, kindergartners enjoy spring sunshine under the plum trees in full blossom in the suburbs. Plum blossom symbolizing happy tidings of spring is one of the representative flowers of Japan, like cherry and chrysanthemum.
On March 3, little girls display their dolls all in classical dresses, which have been handed ovег bу their sisters and mothers, on a stand covered with red cloth. They invite their friends each other and share the delicacies of the festival season.
The festival is held on April 8 at several Buddhist temples throughout the country in commemoration of the Buddha‘s birthday. А cup of sweet tea is served for each visitor tо the temples. Children dressed up in gay Kimono and put classical hat decorated with flowers present a dance of joy to the Buddha.
At homes which have a boy or boys in the families, cloth oг paper carp are flown on а pole set up tempurarily in the garden. Inside of the houses, dolls representing various traditional heroes are displayed wishing bоуs' health. After the World War II. this day was established as “Children's Day" for congratulating every child in Japan on their healthy growth.
Even in modernized cities of Japan, such as Tokyo, Osaka and etc., children enjoy classically fashioned annual festivals of their tutelary shrines in the height of summer. Portable shrines animatedly carried around and festival floats pulled by children parade down the main streets of the towns in this festival season.
On this day, bamboo stalks, freshly cut for the festival and decorated with various types of pарег strips, are set up in the individual garden throughout the country. Children in Japan are told that the Weaver Star (Vega) and the Cowhead Star (Altair), who love each other and are obliged to live on the both side of the Milky Way separately, can take a pleasure of meeting only once a year on the night of July 7. Sendai City and Hiratsuka City are famous for its decoration at the main streets.
In summer, almost every week-end the city people visit mountain and/or swimming resorts with their children and enjoy their family trips. Especially, swimming resorts located near Tokyo and the other big cities are crowded with those people.
In summer season, big displays of fireworks are presented at several places around Tokyo. At each home, children have a pleasure of their own small and fancy fire - works (fire-crackers) with their friends.
Autumn is said the best season in Japan for it is neither too hot nor too cold. Children have picnics on a field with their friends and sing the joys of their healthy life on the green.
On this date, girls of seven (“Shichi" means seven in Japanese), boys of five (“Go") and boys and girls of three (“San"), wearing their best dresses, go to the local shrines accompanied by their parents to pray for future blessing upon them.
Even in Japan, where the number of Christian is limited compared with number of Buddhist and others, Christmas is becoming popular. The Japanese children enjoy Christmas season with their friends and with the children of foreign countries rising above the difference in the nationality and religion.