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Holidays in Japan

Festivals of Japan

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In Japan it is very easy to celebrate the holidays.

Because you always know when to celebrate, how to celebrate, what to celebrate and someone to celebrate.

Japanese official calendar has 15 events a year. These days are referred to as sukumizu . that just means “holiday”, and to celebrate they installed the “Law on national holidays”. In the days sukumizu most Japanese could certainly use his legal right to stay.

But the Japanese, who love recreation, fun and hearty feast, could not do just legalized government national holidays.

The Japanese have even Matsuri .

Matsuri is a celebration of the wider sense of the word. This festive procession, and fireworks, and traditional dances and chants, which usually involved a large number of participants and many more spectators. Throughout the year there are many festivals, among which the most favorite one is the Japanese festival of Tanabata love .

Below is a list of the main public and some typical Japanese festivals. The list is constantly updated.

Festive procession in honor of the God Ebisu trade (November, Kyoto).

In each Prefecture, every town and even village has its own traditional festivals-Matsuri inherent Continue reading

Tea traditions of Russia and the countries of Central Asia

And although tea is not our national drink, its all love, but to use steel for so long that it has become a part of our culture. Suffice it to recall any classic work of literature is the mention of the tea party can be found almost everywhere. And since our country is extremely original, tea ceremony and table decor for tea . always distinguished we have a special originality and uniqueness of design. Let us remember again about our tea traditions, and also about the nuances of table setting for tea.

There are on the planet where tea is a special relationship – that the countries of Central Asia. We will not be divided into separate States each have their own characteristics the use of this drink. We’ll talk about the General features of the tea ceremony and the tea in this Oriental decor, however, so near to us in spirit, the area of the Eurasian continent.

Table decoration for tea. Russia

Probably, many, at the mention of tea party in Russia still remember the picture from reading books on literature: a few extra pounds the landowner is sitting at a richly laid table. near the samovar, and with obvious pleasure drinking tea from the saucer. Continue reading

Panchan as the main tradition of the cuisine of South Korea

Speaking about the cuisines of the world, I’m here for the past three years distinguish Korean, as the most of favorite Asian. The sharpness of the fire-breathing, fresh vegetables, tender fish and meat with thin crust — it may seem that Korean cuisine is a cross between Japanese and Chinese cooking, however, it is not so. Korean cuisine is generally a kind of apart from them. One of the key differences — panchan.

Usually, making an order in any Asian restaurant, you hardly expect to see something besides the dish itself, except that in some establishments you will be offered chilled water. In Korea is different. Here at the family cafe, barbecue restaurants, small institutions at fish markets and especially in good restaurants before serving the main course caring hands will serve panchan (반찬).

What is this strange and incomprehensible?

Panchan is a generic notion, which in Korea meant a set of various appetizers and salads. They are served in small bowls in the amount of six pieces. Probably the most popular appetizer among others — kimchi. Although it seems to me that this dish is already very rich leads his culinary life separate from panchan. But to this we shall return.

Panchan is served usually in the center of the table that makes everyone comfortable to reach each Continue reading

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