Among the most famous Japanese rituals, the Namahage ナ マ ハ ゲ, has entered the list of intangible assets UNESCO, we discover the differences that are found according to the original prefectures.
Japan is divided into 47 prefectures, each of which has its own traditions, dialects and accents. We find out how a "simple" word like "I love you" sounds different around Japan.
In a commercial campaign of a few years ago, presented by the Shiseido cosmetics company, that had proposed a video where 47 girls representing of their prefectures (after the well-publicized makeup obviously) said "I love you" in the dialect of their prefecture.
In Japanese folklore the Tsukumogami 付 喪 神 or つ く も 神 is usually associated with any object that, once it reaches the age of one hundred, becomes alive because it is "possessed" by a spirit (some would call it a sort of new yōkai).
Japan folklore is always something special because can have different points of view. The historical context, the area from which it comes, and the use made of it (social or even political), so for the same phenomenon it is easy to see different versions.
There is a small "cantilene" in Japan associated with the gesture that is used when two people exchange a promise crossing the little fingers, Yubikiri Genman 指 切 り げ ん ま ん.
The only, inimitable and well-known Teru Teru Bozo て る て る 坊 主, tradition, legend, we find it in all movies, anime series, manga, is everywhere in Japanese tradition; the only rainfall we all know and love.
It's hard don't know the "little rain doll" this little talisman that everyone knows, from the kids to the adults and the elderly. A notoriety that goes beyond Japan, finding it as a habit in other countries of the world.
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