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Christmas traditions

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour of Tokyo – a city of samurai’s heroic history and the latest technology that changed the lives of people all over the planet.

New year walk in Central Ginza . known as the world trade showcase. The symbol of Ginza – built in 1894, the building Department Waco with a turret with a clock that every hour on the hour striking the time. Women will be interested to visit a gallery of Mikimoto pearls . Men at this time can get acquainted with the novelties of Nissan . which are presented in the exhibition center of this automotive corporations in the Ginza.

Souvenir pavilions rich historical Asakusa . where is the flavor of prewar Tokyo. The Buddhist Continue reading

National food of Japan

National cuisine of Japan, many specialists and chefs, is recognized as the benchmark of a healthy diet. All dishes can be described in three words — unusual, beautiful and delicious. Much attention, in Japanese cuisine, are paying to small details, the nuances, the undertones… Food should please the eye, smell, taste and even hearing. Local chefs adhere to «rules of five colors» — products, of which the dish is prepared, should have red, yellow, green, black and brown. Also, an important role is played by the rules and rituals of eating. So, for example, is already a special character, Japanese cuisine, was use « Hashi » (chopsticks for eating). Rarely use a spoon and certainly not customary to use a knife and fork. Another interesting feature — serving dishes. Perhaps no one in the kitchen of the world does not pay so much attention to decorating and serving dishes, as the local cuisine. Any dish — a real culinary masterpiece and a unique still life. There is a Japanese proverb — «Food, like a person who cannot appear in polite society, naked»

The basis of many dishes, Japan dishes, is the rice (in Japanese — « gohan « ). The word «gohan» Continue reading

New year food in Japan

In Japan it is not customary to prepare for the new year holidays. Earlier there was a taboo on cooking in the New year, and the shops were closed for the holidays. So there was a special Japanese new year food — Osechi ryori (osechi ryori) .

Osechi is a set of various dishes, which are placed in special lacquered boxes called jubako. Osechi prepared in advance, and to keep food until the New year, it is prepared in a special way, adding a significant amount of sugar or pickling it.

Osechi ryori looks very nice, because the food is festive, besides Osechi decided to give each other on New year. In Japan, food in General — a common type of gift, so if you will give a couple of pounds of fresh tuna, it will be absolutely fine.

There are plenty of special dishes for Osechi, and each of them has its own symbolic meaning and is called differently.

Gobo Kobumaki (昆布巻) . Kabutomaru gobo – burdock root, wrapped in kombu seaweed and knotted kampyo (dried long strips of gourd) and cooked in broth made from dried sardines (niboshi dashi). Burdock root is very long, therefore, symbolizes the Japanese ideal of life is long and stable. Cooking features are a joy because part of the word “Koba” in the word “kabutomushi” is pronounced as part of “yorokobu”, which means joyful.

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