In ancient times, Japanese people were fishing with tame cormorants.
At night the fishermen in the boat lit torches, attracting thereby the fish. Then with each boat produced a dozen cormorants, tied to long ropes. Your birds neck was intercepted by a flexible collar, not allowing the cormorants to swallow the fish caught. Cormorants are fast gaining their craws, and the fisherman pulled the birds in the boat, where he collected the catch. Each bird received his reward and was produced for the next round of hunting for fish.
Japanese, answering the phone, not say “Hello” and “MOSI-MOSI”.
When the phone has entered the life of Japanese, they are responding to the call, said “Oh, Oh!” that reminded our “Yes, Yes!”. And the one who called me and said: “hi, the e gozaimasu” (“I have a case”). These words gradually replaced patter “Moshimasu, moshimasu” (“Say, speak”), which over time was reduced to the current “MOSI-MOSI”.
The Japanese call the green light blue.
When Japan appeared the first street lights, signals were red, yellow and blue colors. Then it turned out that a bunch of green color is much easier to see at a distance than blue. So the blue lenses of traffic lights gradually replaced by green. But the custom of naming a permissive traffic signal “blue” remained.
Depicted on Japanese banknotes very hairy men.
In Norway it is not customary to give place to older people in transport. It is believed that you emphasize their physical superiority.
In the USA it is not customary to pay the restaurant for the woman. It is believed that these men emphasize their financial superiority.
In China it is customary to slurp away, but otherwise the hosts may find their food unpalatable. Silently there in China is to insult the owners and cooks. Sauces and spattered the tablecloth after a meal is proof that you ate with gusto and it was delicious.
In China it is not customary to bring flowers to the hostess. It is believed that this stress guests, this house is so ugly that they bring decorations with them.
In Finland it is not customary to make public compliments. It is considered that the public are not considered compliments.
In Norway it is not customary to do a lot of compliments in the face, to praise (except your family) is considered a flattery, a man loses a lot in society. In school it is not customary to praise a pupil in the presence of all the others, to declare the assessment is to put it above all the others. Not supposed to ask, what sick, is it a good feeling when you come to work when sick. In Russia it is considered to show sympathy and attention. Continue reading
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