Sweden – the land of the rising sun, the mysterious land on the Eastern edge of the world. Its territory – a small group of Islands in the Pacific, but Japan’s influence in the political, economic and cultural terms extends practically to the whole world. Here all is unusual: and climate, hot in the South with palm trees, and very cold in the North, where for four months out of the year there is snow; and the story, more like a mysterious legend than a reality; and the structure of society, which the uninitiated European often resembles an anthill, but it allowed Japan to enter the top ten countries – world leaders. It is ruled by the Emperor. In the country the sacred customs of their ancestors, and yet, Tokyo is one of the most modern and largest cities in the world. Japan is another civilization, is largely incomprehensible to us, yet it is good to come, to see how it blossoms Sakura, or as the fire darkens the sky over the cone of Fuji, and in order to understand the mysterious Japanese soul.
The capital of Japan – Tokyo, is one of the most populous cities in the world. The four main Islands of Japan and numerous small islets stretches for approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 km), from Hokkaido in the northeast to the island of Nansei (South of Kyushu) in the southwest. Continue reading
Tea as a beverage has its own history, which differs markedly from the history of his plants. It was called gift of the gods for the harmony of taste, aroma and useful properties. Philosophers, poets, connoisseurs worldwide dedicated to him his treatises — their tea was mesmerized by their perfection. The history of tea, surrounded by myths and legends – when the tea began to be used as a standalone drink, and by what recipe he prepares is unknown.
Tea gatherings in Russia
In Russia tea was first brought as a gift to Tsar Fyodor in 1638 and has long remained an expensive privilege, the privilege of the nobility. The wide spread of tea was only in the late nineteenth century. For tea was heated cabs, large merchants have made millions in the deal, while performers, writers and artists created their immortal works.
In Russia, where tea was brought directly from China tea tradition was enriched by the samovar, lemon, saucers and sugar vprikusku. While drinking tea from the saucer was a direct result of the use of the samovar, in which water long does not cool down. The samovar was the Central character drinking tea, along with fragrant tea, he created a certain atmosphere for peace talks.
The peasant population of Russia up to the revolution very few consumed the tea, considering it inaccessible luxury, a whim of the nobility, requiring time and free time, and considerable costs for the purchase of a samovar, Continue reading
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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