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Unusual aspects of Japanese culture

Japan is a unique country brand. This confluence of traditions, technologies and circumstances. Here the ideals of the samurai are faced with the latest computer developments. And let the Europeans will never be able to understand the culture of Japan, but not to admire or to wonder about this country we cannot do. So, how about that.

1. A hikikomori

2. Crime

Although legends of the Yakuza mafia prevalent, the crime rate in Japan is surprisingly low. Here it is illegal to have a firearm, and even ceremonial swords must be registered with the police. The land of the Rising Sun is in second place, after Monaco, on the list of countries with the minimum homicide rate in the world. And if you ever have the misfortune to appear before the court in Japan, you can be sure that you will gladly go to jail without further problems. Career and reputation of the judge severely lose points for handing out acquittals, and in a year about two or three prisoners are facing the death penalty through hanging.

3. Food

Chocolate “Kit Kat” is an extremely popular thing in Japan, as his name is very much in tune with the phrase “Kitto Katsu” (literally: you will surely win), and your purchase is this sweet good-luck to himself. Give students the “Kit Kat” to each Continue reading

Japanese food

Now it’s hard to believe, but a few years ago about Japanese cuisine in Russia little is known. And to the unsuspecting visitor at any of the few and the absurdly expensive restaurants could easily slip instead of sushi – here horror-that! – Sashi mi.

The years have passed. Kitchen of the rising sun is so loved by millions of Russians that some enthusiasts even vodka, eating pickled ginger (excellent, by the way, appetizer, almost like pickled apples).

Jelly eaten with mustard, and wasabi.

Strong, by the way, thing. There’s even a movie – “Wasabi”, there is a stern French policeman, played by Jean Reno, is coming to Japan and solves the issues with the local mafia. During dinner at the restaurant wasabi he takes his finger and eats it like it’s not terribly spicy, and the usual mayonnaise, what leads to the astonishment of his partner. After he had thus demonstrated the inflexibility of his will, it becomes clear that our hero is no Yakuza will not take. And exactly – it is at the end of the film all wins.

By the way, if you think you have tried wasabi, it is probably wrong.

Outside of Japan, you can get what is more or less tolerable imitation of horseradish and food additives, as real wasabi is very rare. This root grows mainly in cold mountain rivers. It is collected, dried, Continue reading

Tea traditions of different countries

China

It is considered that drinking tea began in the territory of the modern Chinese province of Sichuan (Four streams). According to historians, the tradition of drinking tea goes back more than two thousand years. Mentions tea meet since the epoch of Spring and Autumn (VIII-V C. BC), but works devoted to the art of tea and tea, appear much later. For a long time, tea was a privilege of emperors and the upper class, but later (XIV-XVII centuries) spread among all segments of the population.

The consumption of tea in China long ago developed into a real art of the tea ceremony kung fu cha. This ceremony consists of several stages that help to enjoy all the richness of taste, aroma and useful properties of tea. Special attention is paid in China to the emotional state of a person when he proceeds to the tea ceremony. The process of preparation and consumption of tea beverages must free from worries, to clear the mind, lead to a state of clarity and calmness.

Tea culture of China for centuries, was maintained by the special construction of the tea houses and pavilions, fabrication of tea ware, the tea breeding of new varieties and ways of cooking, and also literary works dedicated to tea (Lu Yu – the classic of tea, Hui Tsung Continue reading

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