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Holidays Japan

If on a clear August night to look at the sky, you can see the milky way – the Great Celestial river. She always crossed the plain of High Heaven. There was a time when around Heavenly Palace was surrounded by a beautiful garden. On one side gathered the trees that one could enjoy spring: pathogenicity pine, plum, cherry, Wisteria, kerria, Azalea… With another cool beat the keys, promising protection from summer heat, growing black bamboo, which under the leaves was concealed the fresh breeze. Immediately grew oranges, pinks, roses, gentian, and the wattle bloomed unohana. A third party was decorated with Chinese bamboo and pine, are particularly good in the winter under the snow. Could be seen near the hedge of chrysanthemums, that was something to go with morning frost in the first frosty days. The fourth part of the garden took trees, famous for especially deep hues of autumn foliage.

The feast of our yard “Matsuri” – Tokyo

Summer in Japan is the season of fireworks and festivals – Matsuri. On-Matsuri, meaning, rather, “festivities”, and hold them in each district, each area at different times. Where we live three quarters of jointly arrange such a holiday for over thirty years in the last weekend of July. Prepared in advance, the organizers of the famous committees of self-government that exist Continue reading

The History of tea

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

Japanese desserts

If you ask an inhabitant of the European part of the continent, Japanese desserts what he knows, we rarely hear anything besides green tea ice cream. Desserts of the rising sun is quite specific — you will not find them in chocolate or whipped cream.

For a long time doing fruits and nuts, the Japanese began to prepare the desserts just after the collision with European culture. But, again, maximally adapted to their traditions and abilities. A limited number of available components has resulted in surprising and unusual combinations, far from the desserts, as we understand them.

We have already touched on the desserts in the article about Japanese cuisine. but why not pay attention to them again?

The Japanese use amazing ingredients to create desserts

Japanese desserts – wagasi (wagashi, 和菓子) – skilful and unique sweets, made mostly from herbal ingredients. Wagasi played a significant role in the history of Japan. For many centuries some of these types of desserts prepared for the holidays, others otnosilis deities in the form of a sacred victim. And, of course, wagashi was more prosaic purpose. Used them with tea – the subtle sweetness of the desserts perfectly complement certain varieties of tea.

Wagasi. Continue reading

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