Do you know how to celebrate New Year in mysterious Japan? What kind of gifts do Japanese children give to fight hours, and is there a Christmas tree in the Land of the Rising Sun?
Japan has ancient traditions in the design of the main celebration of the year. Interestingly, Christmas trees, as a separate subject of decor, the Japanese style does not provide. However, the needles are actively involved in creating a New Year's atmosphere. For example, pine branches are obligatory details when drawing up New Year flowers. For the manufacture of such structures, according to the masters of the interactive exhibition "The Way of the Samurai", in addition to the needles need to stock up on bamboo trunks.
They can be both miniature and powerful stems, the height exceeding human growth. The composition is composed of three fragments of trunks, cut at an angle, pine branches, elegantly located around them and inserted into pots. The vessel is filled with sawdust or wood chips.
At the base they spread a head of decorative cabbage, poinsettia or tangerines. The pots are decorated with jute or bamboo fiber. And our Christmas tree is ready in Japanese! Such compositions of different sizes are prepared by the Japanese as a family and arranged throughout the house on the eve of the holiday. And the two largest and richly decorated put at the entrance to the house, as a symbol of prosperity and well-being. And to receive a full-fledged master class on Christmas ikebana will be able to every visitor of the children's exhibition of Japanese culture in the theater "DE-ARTE". Experienced masters and teachers will talk about the traditions and peculiarities of making ikebana, shine in the philosophy of the process, reveal the secrets of Japanese masters.
Another Japanese tradition is decorating the house with garlands of origami figures of various sizes, colors and shapes. Every child in Japan learns art (yes, it is art and no less!) Origami from the cradle! The little masters deftly go out bunnies, frogs and traditional cranes. This kind of traditional Japanese creativity develops logic, mathematical skills and spatial thinking in children. Maybe this is why there are so many talented and outstanding engineers in Japan? Christmas garlands can consist of hundreds of various elements. Origami paper is chosen special, festive. As a rule, golden, red, green or orange. Each figure is attached to a strong thread or string. These threads hang in bunches along the walls of the house, or straight from the ceiling. Making a Japanese garland is not at all difficult! It is enough to master a couple of simple origami, stick them on a thread and hang, for example, on curtains, symmetrically on both sides of the window. Christmas mood you provided! At the slightest movement of curtains, the figures will come to life, like magical fairy-tale characters on New Year's Eve! And if you really want to surprise your guests, then welcome to the masters of the Moscow origami club, who conduct daily free master classes at the exhibition "The Way of the Samurai." Here you can see amazing installations: figures of different complexity and structure, for example, a life-sized pigeon or a human face, made of just two folded sheets of paper. You will be taught to make a real samurai helmet and more!
Japan is famous for its calligraphy art. Even the samurai were taught calligraphy and painting, so that it was believed that an outstanding warrior should be equally skilled in using both a sword and a brush. Calligraphy scrolls of outstanding masters were always hung on the screens in rich Japanese homes as a demonstration of the wealth of the host.
One of the traditions in the countries of the Rising Sun is to give miniature postcards or scrolls with hieroglyphs - wishes made with ink. Hieroglyphs can mean happiness, joy, wealth, luck, and more. And younger children, who are just learning calligraphy, can use a regular marker and watercolor paper. All visitors of the theater "DE-ARTE" will be able to make similar souvenirs and postcards themselves, master the techniques of calligraphy, write wishes in Japanese to relatives and friends. At home, try to make a scroll with hieroglyphs that will surely bring happiness and good luck to the whole family in the new year.
And the new year decor of the Japanese house is completed by an amazing bonsai tree. These tiny trees are a national treasure of the Japanese nation. Often these plants are passed from generation to generation for more than one hundred years. To grow such a miniature is extremely difficult and troublesome. However, many Japanese do not spare the time and effort to grow a national symbol. The Japanese have always strived for excellence. And even the perfection of nature itself, they are trying to transform through the art of bonsai. Live bonsai in Russia can be seen not often. As a rule, in Russia they are collected by private collectors, although tiny trees have become increasingly popular among the general population. One of the largest collections today is presented at the exhibition "The Way of the Samurai", the consultants of the club BONSAI.RF will be happy to answer all questions on the cultivation and care of small masterpieces.
The main attribute of the New Year is, of course, a festive mood, which helps us to create cute designer little things. Without them, we no longer think of a holiday! And in what style to celebrate the New Year is everyone’s choice, the main thing is that the holiday should be held in an atmosphere of love, kindness and happiness.
The creative team of the Theater "DE-ARTE" wishes everyone a happy New Year!