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Trip to Japan

Japan, an island nation in East Asia surrounded by the Pacific ocean and near Korea, Russia and China. The country is located on more than 3 thousands of small and large Islands, most of which is covered by mountains. Hills and mountains cover about 70% of the territory of Japan. The most famous natural sights in Japan – the legendary Fuji volcano with a perfect cone shape, whose slopes are covered with snow most of the year, pine-covered Islands of Matsushima. Snowy mountain peaks, sandy beaches, cherry blossoms and poetic autumn in Japan attract visitors from around the world.

Tourist attractions of Japan

One of the main unofficial symbols of Japan – Sakura . delicate pinkish-white flowers which bloom in the spring only one or two days. The cherry blossom is celebrated in Japan Hanami festival – during the festival, in parks, gardens, alleys, where the Japanese cherry blossoms, thousands of people gather to admire the flowering trees. Hanami literally means “viewing flowers”.

Another, no less poetic Japanese custom – Kojo . observation of the autumn leaf fall. In autumn, when Japan colors the bright colors of maple leaves in the country attracts a lot of tourists at this time of year, like in spring, during the cherry blossom, Japan is especially beautiful.

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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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Traditions of Valentine’s Day

Gradually the feast of Saint Valentine acquired their rites and traditions, some of them have survived to our time. And in each country they are different.

In all countries this day was very popular to arrange a wedding and get married.

Some argue that in this day a woman may come to her sweet man and politely ask him to marry her. If he is not ready for such a drastic step, we must thank for the honor and give the woman a silk dress and a silk cord strung with a heart.

In some countries, unmarried women give my beloved clothes. If the girl accepted the gift, so she agrees to marry this man.

There is a belief on which the first man he met a girl on February 14, needs to be her Valentine, regardless of his wishes.

Some people believed that if on Valentines day a girl saw a Robin, she would marry a sailor if she saw a Sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be happy with him, if the goldfinch — a millionaire.

In medieval England there was a widespread custom to choose a “Valentine”. Several young people gathered together and wrote on pieces of parchment the names of the girls, put them in a hat and drew lots. The girl, whose name fell to the young man, for the whole year became his “Valentina” but he “Valentine”. “Valentine” resigned to his girlfriend’s sonnets, Continue reading

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