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What is the Japanese tradition interesting by khans?

Japanese, despite a prompt rhythm of life, never forget to reflect on caducity of all real and on meaning of life. Already more than one thousand years in Japan exist the tradition called by khans. Khans (yap. khan - flower ) - it is annual Japanese tradition of an admiring in the flowers.

In the first spring the Japanese plum begins to blossom (Japanese call it mind ). The period of blossoming is short - it begins at the end of February, the beginning of March and slightly more than a week proceeds. Color of petals can be various - from white to darkly - pink. In the Japanese poetry flowers mind are considered as a symbol of early spring. And though the Oriental cherry (the Japanese cherry) is considered a traditional symbol of Japan, many Japanese, especially senior generation, prefer blossoming mind to blossoming of an Oriental cherry. Now mind it is a little faded into the background in comparison with the more successful competitor an Oriental cherry, but it does not lose the admirers.

The Oriental cherry begins to blossom at the end of March, the beginning of April. At this time all Japan is covered by festive mood. On television report about in what area the Oriental cherry already blossoms, progressing in the blossoming from the South of Japan on the North, and Japanese go to parks to enjoy a species of the blossoming trees. People watch closely the forecast because blossoming of trees is so short-term - only 7 - 10 days. Japanese will see off khans in an environment of the relatives, friends, often whole working collective leaves on the nature, and instead of spending day at stuffy office, colleagues sit under the blossoming trees, inhaling their aroma, and enjoy in the spring.

The tradition khans arose in Japan in the period of Nar (710 - 784) . At first people enjoyed blossoming of the Japanese plum mind, but already in the period of Heyan (794 - 1185) interest in an Oriental cherry increased. From this point the Oriental cherry began to be esteemed by a sacred flower of Japan and became its symbol. The Japanese aristocrats of that time admired blossoming of an Oriental cherry, composing poems, reflecting on life and death. The Oriental cherry is considered a symbol of beauty and transience of life, its petals are as fine as also efemerna, their century is short. And if at first the admiring was in the flowers the privilege of the aristocracy, then by the beginning of the period of Edo (1600 - 1867) khans became available also to the simple people. During this period the set of remarkable haikus and the tank (types of the Japanese poems) was created:

Spring night passed.

White dawn turned back

by the Sea of cherries in bloom.
us is not present

(Matsuo Basyo) of

of Others boundaries!

We brothers

all each other Under cherries in bloom.


(Kobayasi Issah) of

Really divna

of Rastenya of overseas lands,

But aroma,

color cannot compare them

To the Japanese cherry in bloom

In the changeable world

Ya again with arrival of spring

I Admire flowers

of What also to wish?

Truly life is good!
It seemed to

(Motoori Norinaga) of

, not in forces

the Died-away heart to seduce

Nothing in this world -

I again as though

Ya is chained to the cherries blossoming


(Ozawa Roan) of

It is necessary to recognize that Japanese - the surprising nation. They in a special way see and sing of beauty of world around. The Japanese culture strikes with the depth and originality, slowness and contemplation are characteristic of it. In this sense tradition khans - what to us should learn from Japanese, and matter not only in an Oriental cherry. The main thing that this tradition imparts - ability to shorten a stride and to enjoy surrounding beauty and originality every moment of life.