Japan: country of tradition and majestic nature

It is an island state at all times attracts pilgrims, as all the eternal mysteries of the East. Ancient culture, preserved until these days the old traditions on the background of a highly developed economy and high living standards of Japanese people, always interested in the Western world. Many people come here to breathe in this atmosphere, to discover the country of the samurai and the world’s best electronics.

The main part of the territory of Japan is located on four Islands. It — Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. The island is covered with lush vegetation and volcanoes. The volcanoes of the Japanese attitude, as to the pet, hardly notice them, but always remember them. More than half of the current volcanoes.

In whatever time of year you should not be able to fly to Japan, you do not expect neither the African heat and Arctic frosts. The climate in Japan gold. As expected, as the seasons change. Similar to the European winter, with snow and frost, within reasonable limits, (in Europe, by the way, you start to forget what a normal winter). Summers can be very hot or not as we are. But in spring and autumn in the Japanese Islands – a great the rainy season, the most that is necessary. Just right Continue reading

National Japanese food: traditions and best dishes

Japanese cuisine

Japanese cuisine, for that matter, any other of the East, is for Europeans a real mystery, and the process of absorption of unique dishes, recipes of which totals not one century, indeed, the reverence and the sense of touch to eternity. The land of the Rising Sun has always been cooking products and their use as a kind of philosophy that is closely related to cultural and religious traditions, so invested in the art of creating dishes a sacred meaning.

History and national traditions of Japanese cuisine

In General, the roots of Japanese cooking goes, of course, a unique cuisine of Ancient China. This country with a rich history that spans several centuries and dynasties, had a huge impact on the development of the Japanese national tradition. However, Japanese people started to use delicious food to neighbors, received as gift soy, green tea, and three types of noodles made from wheat (Udon), buckwheat (soba) and vegetables (ramen) – they created their own, original dishes for the rest of the civilized world are considered to be standard correct, balanced diet.

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Chinese tea culture

Tea is drunk in many countries around the world. In each country, the tea party has its own characteristics. But China is the birthplace of this drink.

Already in the Han dynasty used tea as medicine. In the years of the Tang began to use tea as a drink. While tea is usually prepared in the form of bricks, before pouring it milled in a mortar. During the song dynasty in the use of the included leaf tea and tea powder (fluffed with whisk a small amount of water), and the tea party turned into a delicious pastime, the top of which was a Song dynasty tea ceremony. This variant maker borrowed the Japanese, later including it in his tea ceremony.

Tea culture in China began to fade in the XIII century, this is due to the Mongol invasion, which were forgotten by many cultural achievements. Only in the era of the Ming dynasty tea culture was revived, but on a different basis: the Chinese have moved to a fully leaf tea, which insisted in hot water. It is with this tea and its preparation method met the Europeans.

A serious blow to the Chinese culture in General and tea in particular have become political upheavals of the XVIII—XIX centuries, the opium war, then the war and revolution of the first half of the twentieth century. All these events led to the fact that China, until the first half of the nineteenth century produced almost all the tea coming into the world market, completely Continue reading

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