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The Six most creepy and strange features of Japanese culture

A hikikomori

For the European consciousness in the culture of Japan, many strange and utterly incomprehensible. In no other country traditions, technologies and the living conditions are not so intricately intertwined. Samurai ideals perfectly coexist with computers of the last generation, and centenarians born in the 19th century – with teenagers dressed as Pokemon. Despite the striking development of all, with regard to technology, Japanese culture is one of the most conservative, closed and incomprehensible to foreigners.

Below you will find six of the most bizarre aspects of the culture of “land of the rising sun”.

The hikikomori are young people who do not wish to communicate with the outside world. Of course, in every culture, there are a small number of people, who are called “hermits”, but this is usually older or even elderly, many of whom suffer from mental disorders such as depression or agoraphobia.

The Japanese feature of “hermits” – age. It’s either teenagers or young people are slightly over twenty, which is almost completely cut off from the outside world. There are several objective reasons for the emergence of a huge number of hikikomori: the first, of course is the Internet, Continue reading

Southeast Asia to Russian

We continue our series on where Russians can travel without obtaining a visa. We have to get together and fly! In past issues we told you where to go without visa to America and what are visa free countries in Europe for the Russians in 2012 and 2013 .

In all the countries of South-East Asia’s well-developed tourism. Exotic nature, sacred places and unique sights attract tourists from all over the world. Local identity, national identity of Asian countries leave no one indifferent. Recently become more and more popular tours in Asian countries without visa requirements for Russian citizens. This simplifies the transfer and gives the tourists the great opportunity to visit unique and exotic places. Currently the visa-free countries of South-East Asia to Russia in 2011, 2012 and the following years: Sri Lanka, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Chinese tropical island of Hainan. In order to decide where you can go to Southeast Asia without a visa for Russians, it is necessary to collect background information about these countries. What we did:

Sri Lanka is a small island. From the equator it is separated 800 km in Sri Lanka collect the excellent Continue reading

Japanese cuisine

One reason for the longevity of the Japanese is their traditional, harmoniously composed diet. In Japanese cuisine is a very important principle of seasonality, which consists in selecting the components such that they reflect the current season, according to the concept of shun (seasonality) – when the fish, fruit and vegetables are most nutrient dense – about 10 days a year.

Japanese cuisine – it is a special art to create still life on the plate, the ability to arrange and present the dish.

Numerous national dishes prepared from seafood: shellfish, squid, octopus, crabs, shrimp, marine algae, including seaweed.

Widespread in Japan have received, and legumes (tofu and miso). Tofu – it bean cheese, consisting of soya protein and in appearance resembling cottage cheese. The Japanese prefer to eat it for Breakfast. Miso viscous mass, which is prepared from soybeans, for which first grind them, and brew for fermentation yeast is added. Miso is the base for various soups.

For preparation of the second dishes, the Japanese use fish in different forms (raw, sliced, fried, stewed and boiled), pasta. Very popular rice cakes (mochi), cakes, norimaki made from rice dough with small slices of raw fish wrapped in dried seaweed.

The history of sushi is only 1300 years old. Sushi, in the form in which we know Continue reading

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