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
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.
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.
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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.
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