Japan Author:Japan National Tourist Organization Ancient castles, cherry blossoms, Mt. Fuji, transistor radios and cameras symbolize Japan to those who have never been in that country, but there are countless other things which, when added together, make Japan what it really is -- a unique island country with a people whose history and traditions have shaped a way of olife that is entirely th... more »eir own.
Made up of four main islands -- Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan is a slender string of islands lying off the northeastern coast of the Asian Continent. With its rugged coatsline and high mountains, it is a scenic wonderland. The four seasons are clearly divided. Each has its own beauty and charm. Winter is not very cold, nor is the summertime heat intense. In spring, the land is crowned with cherry and Japanese apricot blossoms. In summer, the seaside, mountain and hotspring resorts are at their best; in autumn the tinted leaves, chrysanthemums andclear skies, are the chief attractions. In minter, the norther districts offer ideal grounds for skiing and skating.
Japan is a museum where priceless art treasures and historic mementoes of ancient civilizations ar carefully preserved. Still practices are many ceremonial rights of both religious and historical significances as well as simple home observances such as the flower arrangement and ceremonial tea, while the theatrical world of the Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku offer glimpses of centuries-old stage arts in their original form.
Shopping is a real delight to visitors. Cameras, transistor radios, watches, silks, pearls, ceramics, bamboo ware, dolls, damascene, lacquer ware, woodblock prints, curios, etc., are sold at speciality shops and department stores in the large cities.
Japan is an epicure's paradise. Restaurants of all kinds are found in the larger cities throughout the country. In addition to the best in Japanses specialities, almost every kind of European and Asian cooking is offered at these places. Among the great variety of Japanese culinary offerisn, sukiyaki, tempura are typical dishes that have won international fame.« less