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5 reasons to visit Japan

Japan — “land of the rising sun”. It is striking in its history, traditions, way of life. Reasons to visit her a lot, but perhaps I’ll try to name five basic.

Japan is rich in its traditions and customs, so to list them all is impossible. For many years in Japan brought a sense of beauty, which became a kind of religious worship beauty. Hence, such traditions as: khans — admiring flowers; tsukimi dreams of becoming — admiring the moon; ukemi — admiring the snow. The Japanese themselves feel that their sense of beauty, which is transmitted from generation to generation, is property of the Japanese people that foreigners can only admire.

Traditional tea ceremony (oil) belongs to the unique arts and customs. Oil – strictly painted ritual involving tea master who brews tea and pours it, and those who are present at the same time and then drink. In Japan there are many forms of tea ceremony, however, strictly established only a few: night tea, tea at sunrise, evening tea, morning tea, afternoon tea, special tea.

Sakura — the symbol of Japan and Japanese culture. Image of flower is used everywhere: on hats students and the military, the coins are in denominations of 100 yen, on the arms of the police and armed forces. Sakura is also the symbol of feminine beauty and youth.

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Tea ceremony in Japan and its history

Tea in Japan came from China, whence it was brought by Buddhist monks. So many people think that tea ceremony in Japan is very similar to Chinese traditions. But actually it is not. General is only one — the total absorption by the process and, of course, tea.

The ritual was often changed but the respect for tea remained unchanged. Modern tea ceremony in Japan was invented in the XV century by Murota JUKU — a monk. And at the beginning of the next century one of ZEO Takano enriched the tradition of tea houses and pottery is rough work.

Disciple of ZEO Takano sen-no-Rikyu went further and even defined, what can be said during the ceremony. Also designed the atmosphere: it became obligatory garden with a stone path that leads to the tea house. Thus, a simple meditation with an offering of tea to the Buddha turned into a small performance with scenery, where roles are strictly divided.

Fortunately, Since school based sen-no-Rikyu, not only flourished, but by the 18th century opened several other schools as their basis.

Utensils for the tea ceremony in Japan is chosen the most simple — it is an undecorated coarse pottery. Especially in the price of aged items. The tea set includes the box where Continue reading

Asian food comes

Asian cuisine has long been loved by many gourmets, Chinese and Japanese dishes can be found on the menu of most cafés and restaurants in the world, but recently gaining increasing popularity spicy and rich spices kitchen Korea.

Every gourmet knows that Asian cuisine is primarily a mix of thousands of different flavors. Chefs have masterfully blended a variety of seasonings, spices and sauces, creating real culinary masterpieces. Perhaps that is why Asian cuisine has become so popular in Europe and America, the palette of flavors of dishes which are much less diverse.

Until 2012 culinary traditions of Asia were represented mainly Chinese and Japanese cuisine, but recently this company was diluted amazing and mysterious cuisine of Korea. Much more sharp, full of spice and incredibly helpful, she conquered the tastes of many lovers of the Asian culture. Now to try bulkogi (fire meat), kalbi (ribs on the grill), bibimbap (rice with vegetables, meat, egg and hot pepper), not to mention the famous snack kimchi vegetables, fern, seaweed, mushrooms and soybeans is everyone who calls himself a foodie and follows new gastronomic trends.

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