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Japan

Tips and advice on trip to Japan

General rules

It is important !!!

– Not accepted Smoking in public places, in offices, depots and railway platforms, as well as in homes and cars without the owner’s permission.

– You can not step booted foot on straw mats “tatami” is regarded as sacrilege. This particularly applies to dwellings or to visit temples.

– You should also change shoes in special Slippers before and after using the toilet.

Gratuities and taxes

– Tipping is not customary. An attempt to tip may be considered offensive.

– In the expensive hotels and restaurants to the value accounts often to pay the service fee in the amount of 10-15%

The customs and traditions of Japan

The number of traditions and rituals that are required or recommended for compliance, is huge. Almost all spheres of life of the country is permeated by a network of traditions and ceremonies, especially noticeable in the communication between people.

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Southeast Asia to Russian

We continue our series on where Russians can travel without obtaining a visa. We have to get together and fly! In past issues we told you where to go without visa to America and what are visa free countries in Europe for the Russians in 2012 and 2013 .

In all the countries of South-East Asia’s well-developed tourism. Exotic nature, sacred places and unique sights attract tourists from all over the world. Local identity, national identity of Asian countries leave no one indifferent. Recently become more and more popular tours in Asian countries without visa requirements for Russian citizens. This simplifies the transfer and gives the tourists the great opportunity to visit unique and exotic places. Currently the visa-free countries of South-East Asia to Russia in 2011, 2012 and the following years: Sri Lanka, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Chinese tropical island of Hainan. In order to decide where you can go to Southeast Asia without a visa for Russians, it is necessary to collect background information about these countries. What we did:

Sri Lanka is a small island. From the equator it is separated 800 km in Sri Lanka collect the excellent Continue reading

Japanese cuisine

One reason for the longevity of the Japanese is their traditional, harmoniously composed diet. In Japanese cuisine is a very important principle of seasonality, which consists in selecting the components such that they reflect the current season, according to the concept of shun (seasonality) – when the fish, fruit and vegetables are most nutrient dense – about 10 days a year.

Japanese cuisine – it is a special art to create still life on the plate, the ability to arrange and present the dish.

Numerous national dishes prepared from seafood: shellfish, squid, octopus, crabs, shrimp, marine algae, including seaweed.

Widespread in Japan have received, and legumes (tofu and miso). Tofu – it bean cheese, consisting of soya protein and in appearance resembling cottage cheese. The Japanese prefer to eat it for Breakfast. Miso viscous mass, which is prepared from soybeans, for which first grind them, and brew for fermentation yeast is added. Miso is the base for various soups.

For preparation of the second dishes, the Japanese use fish in different forms (raw, sliced, fried, stewed and boiled), pasta. Very popular rice cakes (mochi), cakes, norimaki made from rice dough with small slices of raw fish wrapped in dried seaweed.

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