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The Culture of the peoples of Central Asia

Ancient Samarkand was a major trading center of the silk Road. Merchants passed these places transporting silk from the East to the West. The Silk Road was located several hundred cities. But in the middle of the XIV Century Samarkand became the stand out among them with its magnificence and wealth. This town owes its prosperity to the great conqueror, the descendant of Genghis Khan – Amir Temur. His Empire stretched from North India and almost to the shores of the Pacific ocean and to Turkey. But during his campaigns was unichtojena more than 17 million people. Amir Temur was a despotic and cruel government Telem. But this cruel man was a patron of the arts, scholarship and craft.

The beauty of the palaces of Amir Temur’s times is not their size but their amazing finish. Simple materials the ancient builders were able to create architectural masterpieces. A characteristic feature of buildings in the Timurid era is the widespread use of izraztsov tiles that came, must be from the architecture of Iran. Buildings are literally covered by it. The tiles are very bright and saturated colors. The combination of blue, yellow and green colors creates ineffable beauty of the pattern. Tile and tile products from green glass became a symbol of the heyday of Eastern, Central Asian 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

Japanese cooking

Noodles known and unknown

Not only tea

Unusual Goodies

DESSERTS

GLOSSARY

JAPANESE PRODUCTS IN JAPAN

AND THE JAPANESE BEER

A few introductory words about Japanese cooking

The art of cooking is one of the oldest forms of art, an integral part of the cultural heritage of mankind. It appeared, obviously, when someone managed to make fire and roast a piece of meat. You could say that cooking was born around the campfire of prehistoric man. But thousands of years passed before the cooking really became an art.

The art of cooking is to cook healthy and tasty food. Healthy food should contain all necessary to sustain life, but it must be delicious, to give pleasure, to enjoy the process of eating.

Each nation has developed its own national cuisine. It differs from other not only by specific food, but also the ability to give the borrowed your unique taste. While cooking, perhaps the most moving part of national culture. But the interpenetration, mutual does not destroy national identity.

Japanese culinary tradition is very different not only from European but also from neighboring Asian, for example Chinese. First of all, she shows the utmost respect for the pristine appearance of products that are definitely high – quality. Demanding that the Japanese attitude to food is in line with national traditions Continue reading

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