Hello my name is Mitsuru Nagata I´m from Japan, now I live in Barcelona. I enjoy doing shodou (Japanese calligraphy) and sumi-e. My inspiration comes from Japanese culture and nature. All my paintings are original and handmade with sumi. Visit my blog to see all my work http://nagatayakyoto.net
The Kanji “金” Gold has been chosen as the Kanji of the year 2016.
This is the third time that this kanji is chosen as the kanji of the year. The reasons for this time are the following.
Japan won many golden medals in Rio Olympics, corruption of some politicians, the new president of United States has blond hair( in Japanese ‘kinpatsu’ golden hair), and the famous video of PPAP’s actor Pikotaro wears golden costume in the video.
The Prime Minister Abe hopes that the Kanji of the year 2020 which is Tokyo Olympics year will be “金” Gold again.
What do you think about this decision? Do you like the meaning of the kanji KIN金? You can see the kanjis of other years in my old post
In Japan there are several celebrations that mark the different stages of growth of the children. There are other similar celebrations in Japan as jyusanmairi and seijinshiki. The Shichigosan is celebrated at the ages of 3, 5 and 7 years and is performed on November 15.
The family goes to the temple to pray for healthy children life and grow.
Seven years old girls wear Kimono dress with a wide belt called obi and boys can wear the ‘hakama’ which is the kimono for man at the age of 5 years.
Traditional Japanese clothes looked very cool for me at that time. When my sister celebrated her ‘Shichigosan’ at the age of 7 and I was 3 I was very upset because I could not wear the ‘hakama’ too.
Children also receive a large candy called Chitoseame, candy thousand years. In the bag there is a painting of a tortoise and a crane symbolizing long life in Japan culture.