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What is actually eaten in Japan

Throughout Japan, many may be surprised to discover that the Japanese do not eat sushi every day, but in Japanese cuisine, there are many typical Japanese dishes that are definitely worth a try, being in the land of the rising sun.

Ten typical Japanese dishes, far from the stereotype of sushi

Udon (wheat noodles)

Noodles “Udon” is used in soups, as an ingredient in complex dishes and as a separate dish, usually in a liquid sauce, with various spices. Most noodles made from wheat flour, but special types it is prepared from other ingredients, including beans.

Udon is usually served hot, for example, in cake soup-Udon (kake udon), which is made on the basis of Dashi stock, seasoned soy sauce and mirin and green onions sprinkled on top. Also to cake-can add Udon tempura, tofu, fried with sugar, mirin and soy sauce, or fish fingers kamaboko. To taste you can add citime-togarashi.

Soba (buckwheat noodles)

Dish with buckwheat soba noodles. Photo by N ino from Flickr

Soba — the Japanese national dish in the form of a long brown-gray noodles made from buckwheat flour, known since the mid XVI century. Most often served to the table chilled without broth, Continue reading

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

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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