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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

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

Festival of masks in Korea are Incredible

The tradition of music and dance closely intertwined in any culture. They serve as means of performance of religious rites, are art and a form of entertainment. It is difficult to overestimate the originality of Korean dance art – due to historical conditions, Korean culture developed quite isolated, especially from Western influence. It is this fact and love to their roots helped to revive the ancient dances, which in the autumn attracts many tourists.

Traditional village

Annual dance festival with masks is held in the province of Kyung-San Do in the village of Hahoe near Andong, three hours away from the Korean capital. The hahoe village is the only traditional village in Korea. Puninski Liu clan lived here for over six centuries, from the time of the Koryo dynasty. Interestingly, this is not a stylized village, built specifically to attract tourists, but the authentic patrimony of a single noble clan. It is located in a quiet place: on one side of the village, like the screen, separated by a mountain, on the other hand a natural boundary is a tributary of Nekton-Gan. In the times of Joseon by order of the Minister Liu University Nena, to protect the village from the wind from the river, there were ten thousand planted pine trees. Part of this pine forest has been preserved until now.

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