I am back from a weekend away and blogging again!!! I went on the commons for Blogging 101, on there was a post about topics. There were three of them: one on photography, one on authors/books, and the other on a place that you would like to visit. So, I have decided to go with the place that I would like to go. The one country that I would really love to go to is Japan!!
Japan is a country that I have wanted to visit ever since I found out Sailor Moon takes place there. Growing up on manga and anime I have seen pictures of Tokyo, the ultimate city on my bucket list. I remember watching Sailor Moon and there being many action scenes taking place on the Friendship Bridge and characters walking by the Tokyo Tower. Also, there are parts that show the inside of temples. I am very interested in seeing the different traditions that take place inside these different temples. There are certain episodes of Sailor Moon that involve different ceremonies and traditions that are part of the Japanese culture that I would like to know more about.
One of these traditions is Girls Day! I learned about this tradition through Pokemon, not Sailor Moon. This day is also known as Doll’s Day, in Japan this day is known as Hinamatsuri. The day is celebrated on March third of each year. There are platforms that are covered in red and each platform there is a different type of doll. On each section there is a specific placement order. In this specific episode that I had watched, Misty was determined to get a the special doll set. She would have to go through a series of pokemon matches in order to acquire them. Eventually, Misty did acquire the dolls in the end, but I wanted to know why. Apparently, the dolls that they use are set up to represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional Heian period court dresses. This was a tradition that was started long ago and has just stuck to the day. These dolls are made with traditional Japanese techniques. I guess these dolls signify beauty and youth in young girls. Throughout the years these dolls, known as Hina dolls, have grown more popular through out the world. I believe that learning more about these dolls and their significance to girls day will lead to a wonderful eye opener to Japanese traditional holidays.
The final reason why I want to visit Japan is to enjoy some of the food. One of my favorite foods of all time is sushi. To go to Japan and enjoy sushi is a dream of mine. Not only sushi, but I have seen photographs and TV shows that take place in Japan, and the way their dining etiquette is. They sit on the floor, not on chairs and they enjoy the use of chopsticks. I want to know more about why they do things the way they do. Like why do they take their shoes off when they enter a restaurant? Does this signify something? When I go out for Japanese food at a hibachi restaurant they serve the soup with a different shape spoon. Do they do that as well in Japan or do they have regular spoons? I think that by going to Japan I will be able to understand why they do things the way they do.
So, when it comes down to it seeing Japan will be a lifetime opportunity for me. I will be able to learn more about their culture, enjoy the food, and see different buildings that I would not see elsewhere. Japan is on my list of countries to see before I pass on. Syonara!