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Holidays and traditions of South Korea

January 1 (day off) – New year.

March 1 (day-off) – Samil day, Day of the independence movement.

5 April (day off) – Day of the tree dedicated to the restoration of forests in the country.

1 may – labour day.

May 8 – parents Day.

May 5 (day-off) – children’s Day.

June 6 (day off) – Day of memory of victims for the native land.

17 July (day-off) – Constitution Day in honour of the proclamation of the first Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948

August 15 (day off) – the Day of liberation, celebrated in honor of the completion of the Japanese occupation in 1945.

3 October (closing day) – national Foundation Day, celebrated on mount Manisan in Gangwon-do.

October 9 – Hangeul Day (Korean alphabet).

December 25 (day off) – Christmas.

Korea lives by the Gregorian calendar, but the traditional festivals are celebrated according to lunar.

In mid-January – the feast of the snow on mount Halla (Jeju-do). The end of January – beginning of February – feast of Salt (non-working day) is a celebration of the New year according to the lunar calendar. It is one of two major holidays in Korea, celebrated on the first day of the first lunar month. Koreans visit their “Cohen”, all gather with their families, young people ceremoniously congratulates Continue reading

Japan Seasons

Group tour «Japan: tradition and modernity”

(Tokyo, Hakone, Kamakura)

The dates: WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS

TOUR PROGRAM:

Day 01: Tuesday

Arrival in Tokyo (Narita international airport).

Meeting at the airport / transfer to hotel Shuttle bus with driver-Japanese (without guide)

Moving into the hotel (after 15:00)

18:00 meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer with guide by public transport (train-subway) to the station of departure of Sky Bus (Tokyo station).

19:20 – Departure by evening tour of Tokyo on the tour bus with an open roof Sky Hop Bus. You will pass through the night of Tokyo, will see the most beautiful parts of the city and places, lit up by millions of neon lights:

– Ginza (considered the most expensive district of Tokyo, there are shops and boutiques of world famous brands, showcases which are often truly a work of art)

The Rainbow Bridge . connecting the town with the artificially-created island of Odaiba (where can admire the unforgettable night view of Tokyo Bay)

– Tokyo tower (which one of the symbols of the capital, in the evenings is always lit with lights, sometimes the illumination is changed depending on city events, celebrations).

– Nightlife area – Roppongi (here You can feel the rhythm Continue reading

What kind of sushi in Japan

If my beer in the Czech Republic, if the cheese is in Italy, if sushi in Japan. Each country values its gastronomic brand. But if cheese and beer can still be imported, sushi certainly does. Therefore to try real Oriental food is possible only in the land of the rising sun. Do not rush with objections, saying that in Russia there are lots of restaurants with virtuoso sushi chef will prepare the finest nigiri and Sakaki.

Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish, but the fashion of this Oriental food came to Russia not from Japan but from Europe and the USA. Fashion is fashion, and the Japanese dishes served in restaurants and cafes, are not always such, that is Japanese. Almost always seafood for sushi are raw, that is why real sushi, according to the Japanese, can be prepared only a short distance from the sea. Japanese never eat sushi in other countries, and even in its mountain part. The sea’s far away, so sushi will be a priori stale.

Sushi for the first time (that sounds so right the name of the dish) appeared in Japan in the heyday of Edo. The samurai thus snacking on the go. Prepared in a few minutes and ate. Continue reading

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