KOREA. LAND OF THE MORNING CALM
Most Ukrainians mention of South Korea is associated with cheap electronics,
spicy carrots with our markets and the stories about dog meat as a local delicacy. Unfortunately, myths often hide from us the reality…
One look at Seoul, the capital of South Korea, enough to agree: the state is indeed full of surprises! The first thing that catches your eye – hundreds of groups and placed singly skyscrapers. Here and there giant piles of they rested in a small haze of the sky – different configurations, different design, dressed in huge plasma screens or billboards. And in the shadow of modern architecture surrounded by a delightful hiding the silence of Buddhist temples or Palace complexes colorful former rulers of the country. But from the collision of past and present does not occur dissonance – different eras seamlessly intertwined, durmana sounds, smells, the tempo.
OH, THE ROADS…
The second pleasant shock – it’s expensive. Their perfectly smooth surface, without patches and potholes, causes unconcealed envy. They were modelled on the American highways, because often have four rows in each direction. In addition, the city is shrouded in a web of interchanges of air, Continue reading
Golden week holidays in Japan, usually called the time from April 29 to may 5 – a peculiar sort of spring break in the country where the vacation is short, and fading business life in this period gives citizens an opportunity to travel around the country, or abroad.
Since 2001, by the decision of Rango, a leading trade Union associations of the country, the celebration of may day as the International day of solidarity of workers (which is not a state, but is widely celebrated and is a paid day of rest) is postponed to 28 April with the aim to organize mass events for the occasion without sacrificing family and friend trips.
And two years ago, in 2007, greenery Day (Midori no hi) is also moved, from April 29 to may 4, because it coincided with the date of birth of the Emperor Showa (1901-1989), who was known for great love of nature and established this feast when he ascended the throne on 25 December 1926. Title eternal Seva was given to the monarch after the death, during his lifetime his name was Hirohito. It was highly revered by the people of the ruler, and now may 29 – Showa day, a national holiday of Japan.
After the Second world war, under the Constitution, becoming a symbol of state Continue reading
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
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